History (MA) Part-time

Develop a sophisticated understanding of themes or topics you find truly fascinating, in a flexible programme offering a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range. You will gain a thorough grounding in research and historical theory, with a choice of modules spanning the medieval to the modern period, across the globe.

History at Cardiff offers a stimulating learning environment in which to expand your field of interest.

As a postgraduate History student, you will be able to develop a sophisticated understanding of themes or topics you find truly fascinating, in a flexible programme offering a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range.

You will gain a thorough grounding in research and historical theory, with a choice of modules spanning the medieval to the modern period.

Distinctive features

  • Flexible, geared to students’ interests.
  • Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
  • Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise
  • Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, the Centre for the Crusades, the Centre for Welsh American Studies, the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination, and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration3 years
QualificationMA
ModePart-time
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Admissions criteria

Applicants should have a 2:1 in History or a related appropriate subject.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Applications should include a brief statement (500 words) on dissertation plans.

We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1 August.

This is a part-time programme that takes three years to complete.

You will take modules totalling 180 credits. This includes:

  • 20 credits of research skills and methods;
  • 60 credits of historical theory and advanced research skills;
  • 40 credits of optional modules;
  • 60-credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

You will progress to the dissertation on successful completion of the taught stage.

Please note: as many of our part-time postgraduate programmes are over three years in duration, you will need to check your postgraduate loan eligibility status

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.

Year one

You will study 60 credits of modules in year one.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Postgraduate Latin IHST02220 credits
Postgraduate Latin IIHST02320 credits
Special Topic: Julian the ApostateHST03820 credits
Special Topic: Two Greek Historians - Herodotus and ThucydidesHST22120 credits
Post-Roman Britain and IrelandHST53140 credits
Celtic Mythology and ReligionHST53440 credits
Viking Britain and IrelandHST59640 credits
Austria and Germany, 1866-1945, Part 1HST62020 credits
Politics and Society in Early Modern Wales IHST62320 credits
Sources for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin EastHST62420 credits
Society and Identity in Wales, 1840-1914HST62820 credits
Modern India, 1757-1947: Gender and Women's HistoryHST63120 credits
Belief and Disbelief in the Middle AgesHST63420 credits
Gender in the Middle AgesHST63520 credits
Skills for Historical ResearchHST64020 credits
Trends in Historical ResearchHST64120 credits
Approaches to Medieval HistoryHST64220 credits
Modern India, 1757-1947: Political and Social HistoryHST66120 credits
The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern EuropeHST68520 credits
Historiographical StudyHST69720 credits
German for HistoriansHST82920 credits
French for HistoriansHST83220 credits
PalaeographyHST83320 credits
Reading Old FrenchHST83820 credits
Slavery, Resistance and Survival in the U.S South, 1815-1861HST86920 credits
City and the Environment in Victorian and Edwardian BritainHST88020 credits
Austria and Germany, 1866-1945HST88120 credits
Twentieth-Century Wales: Economy, Politics and SocietyHST88720 credits
France, 1914-1945HST88920 credits
Special Option 1HST89420 credits
Special Option 2HST89520 credits
Siege Warfare: Troy to AcreHST90520 credits
Epic Warriors: Achilles, Beowulf and BeyondHST90620 credits
The Military OrdersHST90820 credits
Japan in the World: Contexts, Questions and HistoriographiesHST93320 credits
Special Topic: Aspects of Late Antiquity and Byzantium 1HST94120 credits
Special Topic: Aspects of Late Antiquity and Byzantium 2HST94220 credits
Special Topic: the Golden Age of ByzantiumHST94520 credits
Postgraduate Arabic 1RTT30120 credits
Postgraduate Arabic 2RTT30220 credits
Postgraduate Sanskrit 1RTT50420 credits
Postgraduate Sanskrit 2RTT50520 credits

Year two

You will study 60 credits of modules in year two.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate StudyHST90020 credits
Dissertation (History)HST65560 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Postgraduate Latin IHST02220 credits
Postgraduate Latin IIHST02320 credits
Special Topic: Julian the ApostateHST03820 credits
Special Topic: Two Greek Historians - Herodotus and ThucydidesHST22120 credits
Post-Roman Britain and IrelandHST53140 credits
Celtic Mythology and ReligionHST53440 credits
Viking Britain and IrelandHST59640 credits
Austria and Germany, 1866-1945, Part 1HST62020 credits
Politics and Society in Early Modern Wales IHST62320 credits
Sources for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin EastHST62420 credits
Society and Identity in Wales, 1840-1914HST62820 credits
Modern India, 1757-1947: Gender and Women's HistoryHST63120 credits
Belief and Disbelief in the Middle AgesHST63420 credits
Gender in the Middle AgesHST63520 credits
Skills for Historical ResearchHST64020 credits
Trends in Historical ResearchHST64120 credits
Approaches to Medieval HistoryHST64220 credits
Modern India, 1757-1947: Political and Social HistoryHST66120 credits
The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern EuropeHST68520 credits
Historiographical StudyHST69720 credits
German for HistoriansHST82920 credits
French for HistoriansHST83220 credits
PalaeographyHST83320 credits
Reading Old FrenchHST83820 credits
Slavery, Resistance and Survival in the U.S South, 1815-1861HST86920 credits
City and the Environment in Victorian and Edwardian BritainHST88020 credits
Austria and Germany, 1866-1945HST88120 credits
Twentieth-Century Wales: Economy, Politics and SocietyHST88720 credits
France, 1914-1945HST88920 credits
Special Option 1HST89420 credits
Special Option 2HST89520 credits
Siege Warfare: Troy to AcreHST90520 credits
Epic Warriors: Achilles, Beowulf and BeyondHST90620 credits
The Military OrdersHST90820 credits
Japan in the World: Contexts, Questions and HistoriographiesHST93320 credits
Special Topic: Aspects of Late Antiquity and Byzantium 1HST94120 credits
Special Topic: Aspects of Late Antiquity and Byzantium 2HST94220 credits
Special Topic: the Golden Age of ByzantiumHST94520 credits
Postgraduate Arabic 1RTT30120 credits
Postgraduate Arabic 2RTT30220 credits
Postgraduate Sanskrit 1RTT50420 credits
Postgraduate Sanskrit 2RTT50520 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes (depending on modules chosen).

As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme, you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).

How will I be supported?

On enrolment you are assigned your own Personal Tutor.

We offer one-to-one time in set office hours during teaching weeks, and also welcome email contact. Additionally, you can make appointments to see your personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis about any issues. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Your personal tutor is your contact point to discuss any problems arising from the course. Further queries should be addressed to the Course Director.

Feedback

Discussion of assignments is offered and written feedback is provided on summative assessment. You are encouraged to discuss your ideas with module tutors both in seminars and one-to-one in office hours.

Feedback on coursework may be provided via written comments on work submitted, by provision of ‘model’ answers and/or through discussion in contact sessions.

How will I be assessed?

Taught stage assessment is via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), and written examinations (for ancient or modern languages).

What skills will I practise and develop?

 You can expect to gain the following skills:

  • to critically assess the work of others and your own;
  • to engage effectively in debate at an advanced level;
  • to plan, design and carry out a coherent research strategy;
  • to produce detailed and coherent reports and presentations.

Intellectual skills

  • to critically evaluate evidence and its interpretation, and to be tolerant of differing interpretations;
  • to sustain a logical argument and reach a conclusion that can be defended;
  • to synthesise and analyse information;
  • to compare and contrast theoretical explanations and to integrate different methodologies.

Communication skills

  • to communicate orally in an appropriate professional manner;
  • to make presentations both as an individual and as part of a group;
  • to write effectively at an advanced level.

Information technology skills

  • to use electronic resources;
  • to find, manage and utilise information and data.

Additional Personal skills

  • to manage workloads;
  • to adapt and apply skills to new contexts;
  • to assess and formulate priorities, constraints and goals;
  • to adapt to changing circumstances.

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have gone on to PhD programmes or into careers in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), and publishing.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

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As this programme is three years or over in duration and has a one year full time equivalent you will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan. The UK Government has more information about eligibility for postgraduate loans.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£3,675None

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EU students entering in 2018/19 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2019/20 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£8,175£1,000

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