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 2019
Duration2 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.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

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 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

You will study 60 credits of modules in year one.

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
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 2019.

Find out more

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 (2019/20)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£3,825None

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EU students entering in 2019/20 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 2020/21 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 (2019/20)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£8,675£1,000

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