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History MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

The MA History represents an exciting opportunity to study new areas of historical enquiry, and to then undertake your own primary research in a field of your choice.

MA History combines the coherence and support of a taught MA with the challenges of a research degree. This makes it ideal for those wishing to pursue a historical interest beyond undergraduate level or as a preparation in research skills for those aspiring to PhD study.

Teaching on the course directly reflects the internationally recognised expertise of our staff that includes medieval and early modern British and European history; modern and contemporary history; public history and global history. Case studies include Crusades and Crusaders; Early Modern Religions and Cultures;  Race and Lynching; Memory, Genocide, Holocaust; Social History and ‘The Spatial Turn'.

What you’ll study

The course is structured thematically around the core principles of historical study allowing you to gain the ability to apply this practical structure to your own unique historical interest area.

Teaching on the course directly reflects the world-leading research expertise of our staff that includes; medieval and early modern British and European history; modern and contemporary history; public history; and global history.  The course combines the coherence and support of a taught MA with the challenges of a research degree.

Throughout the course you will actively research, interpret, analyse, and write alongside our team of experts.  The history team at NTU pride themselves on their accessible, student-centred approach to teaching and are available for one-to-one tutorial support and guidance.  To further support your learning throughout the year we run a series of history and heritage workshops delivered by a wide range of visiting experts.

This course is divided into modules, which are worth a number of credit points, and are separately taught and assessed.  To get your degree you have to pass all modules to collect 180 credit points.

  • Making History -  (80 credits): This year-long module has four strands: Making, Archives, Relations, and Space. These correspond to themes of Memory, Early Modern History, Medieval History, and Modern US History.
  • Engaging Research - (20 credits): This module focusses on preparing you for your research dissertation. You’ll study research project development, historical methods and the nature and availability of a range of archival sources. By the end of this module you will have determined your research topic and your supervisor.
  • Postgraduate Futures - (20 credits): You have the opportunity of learning core employability skills by either undertaking a History research practice internship or a History research practice work placement or a non-history focussed work placement.
  • Dissertation (60 credits): The dissertation is a 15,000 word piece of independent research. It is an opportunity for you to follow your own interests, demonstrate your strengths and produce a rigorously researched dissertation on a specific subject.

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Why study History and Heritage at NTU?

With hundreds of local museums and heritage sites to visit, Nottingham is the perfect place to develop your skills as a budding historian or heritage specialist.

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How you’re taught

Assessment

Assessment on the course involves course work, report writing, presentations and group work. There are also class tests, critical reviews, and critical bibliographies to prepare. There are no formal examinations on the course. You will write a 15,000 word dissertation, and prepare work on research methods including an assessed dissertation proposal as part of the research training element of the degree.

Study and support

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, archive visits and one-to-one tutorials. There is a programme of regular research seminars and lectures delivered by visiting specialists. The course encourages, supports, and requires substantial independent study. Students are allocated a personal tutor. Additional support is offered via the University's Virtual Learning Environment and through email contact with members of the teaching team.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills;
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

Further information

Expert Teaching Staff

You will be taught by academics with world-leading research expertise in the following fields:

  • Medieval and early modern
  • Modern and contemporary history
  • Public history
  • World history
  • Memory studies

Dr Natasha Hodgson is the Course Leader for MA History.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 found 67% of NTU’s History research to be of world-leading or international quality. The REF History panel commended our impact statement for providing an outstanding account of the Unit’s approach, strategy, and future plans.

Staff Profiles

Jenny Wüstenberg

Associate Professor

School of Arts & Humanities

Dr. Wüstenberg is Associate Professor in Twentieth Century History.

Careers and employability

Your career development

History graduates are highly employable due to their demonstrable versatility developed throughout their experiences. Students can go onto a wide range of careers including archives, marketing, education, law, museums management, planning, and public relations.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and will help you to develop a broad range of transferable skills.

Our students have gone on to a wide range of careers, securing roles in sectors that include archiving, marketing, education, law, museum management, and public relations. In addition, this course provides excellent preparation for undertaking a PhD. Many of the graduates of MA History have successfully secured postgraduate funding, and are now studying at PhD level in early modern, modern, and contemporary history.

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree in History or a related subject, or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need the equivalent to:

  • A UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree in History or a related subject.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

Fees and funding

Fees for entry in September 2022 have not been confirmed.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Fees for entry in September 2022 have not been confirmed.

Please see our international fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

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