MA in History

The Open University

Program Description

MA in History

The Open University

If you have a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this fascinating MA course could be what you are looking for. It explores aspects of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950, introducing the key themes of Poverty and welfare, Crime, Police and Penal Policy,

The role of families, Urban History, Religion, and Industrialisation. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials, you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Key features of the course

  • Develops your ability to present a sustained argument in clear, logical prose
  • Builds your skills of analysis, critical thinking, and practical research
  • Provides a firm foundation for further research studies
  • Applicable to a wide range of careers.

Entry requirements

To successfully undertake this postgraduate study, you will ideally need to have an undergraduate UK honors degree (or equivalent) in history or a closely related subject. You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA.

It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language Testing system (IELTS).

If you do not have a degree or background in History (or similar), you are strongly recommended to complete some preparatory work before beginning the qualification to ensure your skills are at the same standard of a graduate in that area.

The MA History assumes that a candidate for a master’s degree already has the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level. The qualification will not offer remedial undergraduate training for those who have an inappropriate undergraduate degree or inadequate experience. Any student beginning the qualification without an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in history should do so at their own risk.

How long it takes

Modules on the MA are studied during a fixed period each year. The minimum overall time in which it is possible to complete the qualification is two and a half years, studying the modules consecutively. If you do not study the modules consecutively, you must have completed them by a maximum of 10 years to qualify for the degree.

Career relevance

In addition to the specific study of history, this degree will provide you with practical skills in the use of print and online primary source material and experience of project planning, research methods and writing a dissertation. An MA in History can enhance your prospects if you work in (or plan to work in), teaching, libraries, archives, museums, heritage, travel and tourism.

It is also excellent preparation for doctoral studies if you’re planning an academic career. History can also be valuable in a range of other careers, including journalism, writing, the civil service or public administration.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
The Open University

Last updated January 17, 2018
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