Masters | Postgraduate Course - History MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
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History MA

Study Details

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

As one of the largest History departments in the UK, we are able to offer a depth of subject expertise rarely matched by other institutions. This means that we can offer a breadth of study with a large chronological range from medieval to modern covering global history from Britain, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Our students have excellent access to top academics in specialist fields, including one to one supervision sessions.

Within the department we have experts in topics including economic and social history, political history and religious and cultural history, which link to our six dedicated research centres. There are distinct opportunities on this course, including a supervised independent study module to enable you to follow your own interests.

Module details

90 credits of compulsory modules and 90 credits of optional modules

a You must select either HISM185 or HISM186 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).
Compulsory modules

  • HISM016 Advanced Historical Research Skills 30
  • HISM400 Dissertation in History 60

Optional modules
MA History Options 2018-9

  • HISM001 Critical Approaches to Early Modern History 30
  • HISM002 Critical Approaches to Maritime and Naval History 30
  • HISM003 Critical Approaches to Imperial and Global History 30
  • HISM020 Critical Approaches to War, State and Society 30
  • HISM017 Critical Approaches to Medical Humanities 30
  • HISM026 Medicine Beyond Borders: History and Politics of International Health 30
  • HISM027 The Cold War: A Global History 30
  • HISM035 Wealth and Work in Early Modern Britain 30
  • HISM036 Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe 30
  • HISM037 Contested Pasts: History in the Public Sphere 30
  • HISM038 Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815 30
  • HISM039 History in Public: A Workplace Project 30
  • HISM040 Introduction to Digital Humanities 30
  • HISM041 Food and Agriculture in Historical Perspective 30
  • HISM183 Interpreting the Middle Ages 30

HISM185-HISM186 [See note a above]

  • HISM185 Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities 15
  • HISM186 Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in a History-related discipline, with a minimum 2:1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Exceptions may be made for students with relevant experience or qualifications depending on the submission of written work and/or interview. Students with Combined Honours degrees must have studied at least 1/3 of their degree in History-related modules or have some cognate experience in Economic and Social History, Medieval Studies, Classics and Ancient History, Latin, English, Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Economics, Human Geography or related subjects.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

For many of our students, a Masters degree is an important step on the path to a PhD, however that is far from being the only path. The heritage sector is one regular employer of our graduates and placements are sometimes possible with local archives.

The skills you will develop through completing a Masters at Exeter will qualify you for a wide range of professions. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles, including Archivist, Marketing Executive and Strategic Analyst.