Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will provide you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills necessary for undertaking historical research, whether at PhD level, professionally or independently. It will give you the intellectual foundations, practical techniques and confidence to pursue your own research in the historical subject or period that most interests you. We will consider some of the key methodological and theoretical approaches to history of the past 100 years, including the Annales School, Marxist historiography and postmodernism. As well as being able to choose option modules from the extensive range offered by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, you will also be able to elect to undertake option modules offered by other departments. The culmination of the programme is the writing of an independently researched dissertation under the guidance and supervision of one of our research'active academics.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules and choose 2 option modules from a comprehensive list of history courses taught at Birkbeck. You may take option modules from MA programmes run by other departments, as long as they are approved by the course director as being relevant to the proposed topic of research. You will also write a dissertation. Core modules: Mastering historical research: Birkbeck approaches; practical research skills for historians.

Course Additional Entry

2nd'Class Honours degree and references. We also offer a 1'year Graduate Certificate in history, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening Only
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening Only
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees