MA Historical Research & Public History

Course Introduction

Summary

Our MA Historical Research & Public History offers a rich and intensive study of historical research and public history, designed to produce talented and sought-after historians who are able to apply their skills not only to academia but also to the practice of history in the public sphere.

This degree is unique in its combination of advanced training in historical method, historiography, theory and practice of historical research, and evaluation of primary evidence alongside an exploration of public history as it is represented, constructed, debated and contested in the public sphere, including in museums and galleries, heritage sites, public policy, and the media.

The programme provides exceptional preparation for graduates from a range of humanities and social sciences disciplines who plan to continue their studies at PhD level, while also being aimed at graduates from a liberal arts or other humanities and social sciences background who now wish to pursue their interest in history.

Teaching

The MA Historical Research & Public History will be delivered predominantly through seminars, of no more than ten people, and individual tutorials.

Students who are enrolled full-time should anticipate devoting approximately 35-40 hours per week to their studies for the duration of their degree. In Michaelmas and Hilary terms, this will include approximately six to seven formal contact hours per week, with the remainder consisting of structured independent study.

Independent study primarily comprises preparing both formative and summative work, though it may also include participation in History Society meetings, History Research seminars, and professorial lectures. In Trinity term, students predominantly work independently to write their dissertations.

Assessment

Students will write formative essays during the year, which will receive written tutor feedback.

Summative assessment of the MA Historical Research & Public History will be via essays undertaken by students throughout the academic year, in addition to their extended research proposal and dissertation of 15,000 words.

Your qualification

NCH degrees are designed and created by the College?s professors and faculty. The courses reflect their areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are actively engaged with the material that they will teach you, and there may be opportunities for students to participate in active research.

Start Date

2020-SEP-21. 2020-SEP-21.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts Other Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Other Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: We welcome applications from graduates of a wide range of humanities and social sciences disciplines with a passion for history, its research and communication. Offers are typically made to applicants holding an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis through their application, a reference and personal statement. NCH welcomes applications from mature students who may have been out of education for a while who have equivalent professional experience.
  • International entry requirements: We welcome applications from graduates of a wide range of humanities and social sciences disciplines with a passion for history, its research and communication. Offers are typically made to applicants holding an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis through their application, a reference and personal statement. NCH welcomes applications from mature students who may have been out of education for a while who have equivalent professional experience. We would typically require an IELTS score of 7.0 (including 6.5 in each component). If you need a visa to study in the UK, then we can only accept the IELTS test from a UKVI approved centre and not any other English language tests due to the visa requirements set by the UK Government. TOEFL iBT 100 overall with minimum of 23 Reading and Listening, 25 Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL score: 100