You must hold an honours degree to study for our MA in History course. Your degree need not be in history, but you must have the basic skills expected of a graduate in that area. The first module brings you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches in history but does not offer remedial undergraduate training for those without a history-related bachelors degree or inadequate experience.
If you do not hold an honours degree then the Advanced Diploma in Local History (COXR305), offered in collaboration with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education is accepted as an alternative entry qualification to this degree. This course would provide suitable preparation if your degree is not in history or a closely related subject (for further information please visit our collaborative schemes website).
In all cases before you enter the degree you should be confident that you will be able to:
write clear, concise, grammatically correct and accurately spelt prose
read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
identify different types of sources and assess their reliability
argue logically, consistently and sceptically
assemble a range of sources into a well-structured piece of writing.
If you are in any doubt about whether you possess these skills, or if you would like help to assess your preparedness you can contact us for advice.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
You must complete this qualification within ten years.