MA History

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • History
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

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.

The University library has extensive holdings, audio-visual collections and medieval manuscripts in our Heritage Collections. Exeter Cathedral Library Archives and the Devon Heritage Centre contain further significant medieval manuscripts, documents and early printed books. 

Programme structure

The programme comprises 180 credits in total: four taught modules including two optional modules at 30 credits each, two taught core modules of 15 credits each and a supervised dissertation at 90 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module lasts one term and consists of either a weekly or, for fifteen credit modules, a fortnightly two hour seminar, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The syllabus consists of four taught modules (two core and two optional modules) and a dissertation module:

Year 1

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
HISM169Theory and Practice of History I 15
HISM170Theory and Practice of History II 15
HISM400Dissertation in History 60 credit dissertation OR60
HISM403Dissertation in History 90 credit dissertation90

Optional modules

You will make up the rest of your 180 credits from an extensive list of postgraduate modules that can be found via the following link: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/postgraduatetaught/modules/

Please note that modules change from year to year.

CodeModuleCredits
HISM031Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern England 30
HISM034Medicine in Medieval and Early Modern England 30
HISM110Everyday Life in the Soviet Union 30
HISM182Medieval Research Skills 15
HISM183Interpreting the Middle Ages 30
HISM185Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities 15
HISM186Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities 30
HISM315British Naval Power in the Era of Sail 1660-1815 30
HISM426Approaches to War and Society in the Twentieth Century 30
HISM427War 1450 to the Present 30
HISM482Empires and Globalisation, c.1800-2000 30

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Exeter Historians have a diverse range of interests and we pride ourselves on our flexible approach to learning that includes part-time options and plenty of interdisciplinary collaboration such as with Classics, Theology, and Archaeology. You might for instance choose a Latin module or a module on Medieval Archaeology to complement your main path of study.

You will be taught mostly in small group seminars as we believe this is the best way to allow our students access and interaction with academic staff. In your seminars you will contribute to discussions and debates as well as present findings, research and interpretations of readings.

At the end of your programme you will complete a dissertation up to 25,000 words long on a topic of your choosing, something which may later form part of a PhD research proposal. Some of the topics our students have covered in the past include:

  • Early modern views of the reproductive organs, sex and conception, circa 1650 to 1850
  • The Labour Party’s relationship with the British forces in the Inter-War Years
  • Health and the seaside: Sea bathing in the Nineteenth Century
  • Exeter Cathedral in the 14th Century
  • 'Medicinable or Mortal'? Astrological Figures and the Practice of Physick
  • British Media Reporting of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
  • Medieval Martial Arts (1300-1600)
  • Terminal illness, suicide and euthanasia in Early Modern England

Careers

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. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles including Archivist, Marketing Executive and Strategic Analyst.

As an Exeter student you will have the support of not only academic staff in helping with funding applications and research proposals but also our professional careers staff. The Exeter Career Zone can help you access activities and advice to give you the best chance in pursuing your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.

Research areas

Research is at the heart of History and our students are encouraged to come to Departmental Research Seminars and become an active part of wider research community. Our research centres regularly hold seminars and other research events which MA students are welcome to attend.

Our current research centres include:

As well as our History specific research centres you are also welcome to get involved in of the other research centres across the College of Humanities or the University.

Facilities

Our students have access to excellent historical resources. The main University Library is especially strong in national and local English history as well as possessing extensive archives of the Nazi Party Chancellery on microfiche, archives of the Comintern, and collections from British history on both microfilm and print sources. We also have extensive digital resources and a growing Digital Humanities Team. Ex Historia is the online journal published by our Postgraduate History students.

We have an excellent Special Collections archive which includes the papers of Henry Williamson, Syon Abbey manuscripts and plantation documents. Our Bill Douglas Cinema Museum holds a unique archival collection with particular strength in the area of British Film.
You will also be able to take advantage of other resources in the South West such as the Exeter Cathedral Archives which date to Saxon times. The Devon Heritage Centre and the Dorset Heritage Centre are valuable resources for those interested in local history, and all our Postgraduate students are entitled to a free place at the Institute of Historical Research in London.

Entry requirements 2016

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in History or a related discipline such as (Archaeology, Ancient History, Classics, Modern History, Medieval Studies or Latin), with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Students with combined honours degrees must have studied at least 1/3 of their degree in History-related modules or have some background in Medieval Studies, Classics and Ancient History or Latin. Exceptions may be made for students with relevant experience or qualifications depending on the submission of written work and/or interview.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements. 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2016/17

  • UK/EU: £6,900 full-time; £3,450 part-time
  • International: £15,950 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Scholarships and other funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes in History.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the course, for further information contact:

Email: humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 725306

Address:

Graduate School Office
College of Humanities
Queens Building
The Queens Drive
University of Exeter
Exeter
Devon
EX4 4QH
UK