You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification, to study our MA in History. Although your degree does not need to be in History or a closely related subject, you will need some knowledge of the subject to successfully complete this qualification, as the MA in History assumes all students have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level.
It is recommended that all potential students take this self-diagnostic test and submit a full response to all the questions. If, after trying the test, you are not confident about studying this module, please contact us for further advice. You may be able to develop the skills you need through studying an undergraduate qualification or module first.
It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language testing system (IELTS). Please see their website for more details.
If you’re in any doubt about the suitability of your qualifications or previous experience, please contact us.
You are encouraged to read The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods, and New Directions in the Study of History by J.Tosh (see 'Study materials' for more details) before beginning this module. It is also recommended that you read one or two books which provide an overview of the history of Britain and Ireland in your chosen period of study.
Open Learn offers two free courses which are designed to prepare students for postgraduate study: Succeeding in postgraduate study and Are you ready for postgraduate study?. We strongly encourage you to complete one or both.
As this module focuses largely on the use of digital resources for the study of history, we also recommend the Open Learn course Digital Humanities: Humanities research in the digital age which will help you to develop your research skills.