MA Public History

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    MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

The MA in Public History will allow students to consider how history is created and understood in public contexts. Our MA allows students to explore history in its many forms, including through the museum and heritage, culture, media, technology and even video game sectors. The programme offers advanced-level teaching by leading practitioners and is delivered across the new UCL East and historic Bloomsbury campuses.

About this degree

The MA in Public History combines cutting-edge, research-led knowledge of how history is produced and engaged with in public contexts, with training in the practices through which public historical understanding is created and communicated.

The approach of the MA in Public History is distinctively global and interdisciplinary. Students will be primarily based out of UCL East, working alongside those undertaking studies in the related fields of global urbanism, heritage studies, creative humanities, and media studies. They will first examine what public history means and how it changes over time and place across distinct global contexts, exploring key concepts and debates centring on memory, heritage, history as activism, history as business, policy, and as institutional and community memory, as well as the arts and acts of remembrance.

Students will then focus on developing their practical public history skills in an area, or areas, of public history relevant to them, through project-based work in collaboration with one of UCL’s experienced practitioner-mentors. The programme’s emphasis on combining a theoretical framework with practice-based learning will allow students to critically self-reflect on their public history efforts as they produce them.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

The programme is designed to teach many of the transferable skills that history MA programmes offer and which provide a strong foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and an academic career. On top of this, the programme provides the transferable skills necessary to pursue a career in media and arts, heritage, education, civil service, and business.

Debate, small group seminars and tutorials provide you with solid presentation and negotiation skills for your future career. Project-based work will help you learn to collaborate and manage your time and workload effectively. Employers highly prize these skills across a range of sectors. The media and digital skills training you acquire will develop your ability to communicate effectively across various genres and audiences. By learning with industry professionals and specialist practitioners, you will gain knowledge of multiple career pathways and possibilities for further networking.

Many additional activities are available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help you focus on employability skills whilst you are here, for example, departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with UCL History alums.

Module Details

Compulsory modules

  •  Public History Research Project: Examining Public History
  •  Public History Research Project: Creating Public History
  •  Critical Public History

Optional modules

  •  Research and Writing Skills for the MA in History
  •  Rethinking History on Screen
  •  Migrant City: Migration, Public History and London
  •  New Public Histories in Conflict-Affected Contexts
  •  Public History, Institutions and Communities
  •  Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
  •  Challenging the Gender Binary in Modern Britain
  •  Topics in Economic History

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change.


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