Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This Master's degree in history explores early modern European societies in the period from the Renaissance to the Reformation and on to the Enlightenment and the outbreak of the French Revolution. One of its most exciting and distinguishing features is that it considers developments in Britain, continental Europe (notably Italy, Germany and France) and the wider world in comparative perspective, which brings into question the idea of the distinctive nature of national histories.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates can pursue careers in research and archiving, museums and galleries, education, or journalism. Possible professions include researcher, archivist, teacher, or journalist. This degree may also be useful in becoming a museum/gallery curator, museum education officer, academic librarian, or information officer.

Start Date:

Duration: one to two evenings a week part-time..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £4,175 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA - Master of Arts £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students who hold Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if they want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English or who have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing..
  • IELTS score: 7