Our popular flagship MA History is rigorous, flexible and wide-ranging.
You take a practical module in research techniques which prepares you for your
dissertation work (Research Methods in History), and can then choose your other
four taught modules from a range of options which enable you to study the latest
historical research in specific fields. You will also write a 20,000 word
dissertation, on a topic of your own choosing and with one-to-one support from
Our three other MA pathways enable you to specialise in particular fields of
history that interest you. On each of the pathways, in addition to
Research Methods in History, you take one other core module and also write your
dissertation in the specialised pathway fields. On MA History (Local and
Regional History Pathway) the core module covers concepts and approaches in
local and regional history; students taking the MA History (Social and Cultural
History) study approaches to cultural and social history; while the core module
of the MA History (Public History Pathway) is the Public History Workshop.
Optional modules can cover topics as diverse as the histories of gender,
medicine, state-building, war and commemoration, slavery and race, and
communities and institutions, in geographical locations ranging from the local
(Essex) to the national, European, and global. Key employability skills
include learning how to create a research brief, analytical reasoning, the
marshalling of information, problem solving, and various forms of information
Postgraduate Certificates are available for the degree courses listed
above. The Certificate consists of the taught modules of the MA but without the
dissertation. Students registered for a Certificate can transfer to the
respective MA, and proceed to write the dissertation, if satisfactory progress
is made on the coursework.
Certificate and MA schemes are available on a full-time (1-year) basis,
part-time (2-year) basis, or by modular study (3, 4 or 5-years).