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MA History

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
Contact

Programme Director Dr Gregory Lippiatt
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Phone: 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline History

Overview

  • Study an exceptionally wide range of modules
  • Develop skills for a variety of professions such as archivist, strategic analyst and the growing heritage sector
  • Access excellent historical archives
  • Placements are possible with local archives
  • Our dissertation module offers the opportunity to work one-to-one with an expert in their field

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Top 50 in World

QS World University Subject Rankings 2020

Top 10 in UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

8th in the UK for world-leading research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 

Approximately 50 staff over two campuses

Having completed my undergraduate degree here, I already knew how fantastic the history department was and it was the obvious choice for my postgraduate studies.

Having an interest in medical history, I was particularly inspired by that pathway option and the new and exciting modules focusing on public history and digital humanities. Exeter is a wonderful place to live and with all of this combined, I just couldn't imagine going anywhere else for my MA.

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MA History

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Our flexible programme enables you to choose either a specific pathway or a selection of modules, which might be at a much later date than date of entry to the MA in History.

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.

All students graduate with an MA in History, but if you elect to specialise, you will have one of the following pathways named in your degree title:

Early Modern Studies

The programme comprises modules of at least 60 credits from these specialist modules and the HISM400 Dissertation in History module must be relevant to the field of Early Modern Studies:

CodeModulesCredits
HISM001 Critical Approaches to Early Modern History 30
HISM044 Wealth, Poverty and Power in Early Modern Britain 30
HISM036 Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe 30
HISM038 Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815 30

Medieval History

The programme comprises modules of at least 60 credits from these specialist modules and the HISM400 Dissertation in History module must be relevant to the field of Medieval History:

CodeModulesCredits
HISM042 Working with Medieval Manuscripts and Documents 30
HISM019 Critical Approaches in Medieval Research 30
HISM183 Interpreting the Middle Ages 30
CLAM251 Latin I (as appropriate) 30
CLAM252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II (as appropriate) 30
CLAM254 Latin III (as appropriate) 30
CLAM255 Latin IV (as appropriate) 30

Medical History

The programme comprises modules of at least 60 credits from these specialist modules and the HISM400 Dissertation in History module must be relevant to the field of Medical History:

CodeModulesCredits
HISM017 Critical Approaches to the Medical Humanities 30
HISM026 Medicine Beyond Borders: History and Politics of International Health 30

Maritime Historical Studies

The programme comprises modules of at least 60 credits from these specialist modules and the HISM400 Dissertation in History module must be relevant to the field of Maritime Historical Studies:

CodeModulesCredits
HISM002 Critical Approaches to Maritime and Naval Historical Studies 30
HISM038 Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815 30

Imperial and Global History

The programme comprises modules of at least 60 credits from these specialist modules and the HISM400 Dissertation in History module must be relevant to the field of Imperial and Global History:

CodeModulesCredits
HISM003 Critical Approaches to Imperial and Global History 30
HISM027 The Cold War: A Global History 30
HISM026 Medicine Beyond Borders: History and Politics of International Health 30

Violence and Conflict

The programme comprises modules of at least 60 credits from these specialist modules and the HISM400 Dissertation in History module must be relevant to the field of Violence and Conflict:

CodeModulesCredits
HISM027 The Cold War: A Global History 30
HISM043 Critical Approaches to the History of Violence and Conflict 30
HISM038 Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815 30

 

Course variants

  • May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
  • Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
  • Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
  • Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research

Fees

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time

 

 

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

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. You will be taught mostly in small group seminars as we believe that this is the best way to allow our students access to 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.

Dissertation

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

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 the wider research community. Our research centres regularly hold seminars and other research events which MA students are welcome to attend.

Community

Our current research centres include:

As well as our History specific research centres you are also welcome to get involved in the other research centres across the College of Humanities and the University. You can find out more about our academic staff and their research interests on our Research pages.

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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.

Skills

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.

Career Zone

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