Master's Degrees in Master of Arts in United Kingdom

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Studying Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

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3,501 Master of Arts Master's degrees in United Kingdom

M.A. Law - Part-time

The Law - Part-time programme offered by The University of Law is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s Level. This is an online course, with the option to study over one or two years. 

M.A. Online International Relations

Whether you’re looking to negotiate policy for environmental change or generate solutions to global disputes, the online MA in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) can enrich your experience and unlock a world of career opportunities.The International Relations programme is offered by the Nottingham Trent University Online.  

M.A. Online and Distance Education

This innovative MA Online and Distance Education from The Open University UK offers you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through materials created by experts from The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology – who are reinventing digital learning through the innovative use of new media and technologies.

M.A. Law

The  MA Law is designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Masters Level.

M.A. Medieval Studies

The Medieval Studies programme from the University of Birmingham is designed to develop your understanding of medieval history, or introduce you to it if you have not studied it before, this is a taught degree with some provision for dissertation research.

Department of English Literature
M.A. Strategic Marketing (CIM)

Global management, international, digital and communications are some of the specialist subjects you will explore during the Strategic Marketing (CIM) programme offered by the Arden University.

M.A. Education

The Online MA Education (Master of Arts in Education) at The University of Exeter Online is an innovative programme designed to equip you with the skills to succeed in a wide variety of educational contexts. It offers a rich curriculum examining theory, research, policy and practice in the field of education globally, and provides a unique student experience.

M.A. Law (i-MA Law) - Part-time

The Law (i-MA Law) - Part-time programme offered by The University of Law  is an online course designed for non-law graduates who want to gain a legal qualification at Master’s Level. This is an online course, with the option to study over one or two years

M.A. Illustration

This exciting new MA in Illustration at University of Portsmouth offers you the opportunity to question, develop and reflect upon you own practice by exploring both traditional and innovative techniques. Through a negotiated project you will be encouraged to define your role as a creative practitioner in a broad social, political and historical context.

M.A. Finance and Investment

Acquire the competencies to be a global contender in worldwide financial markets with your MA in Finance and Investment, awarded by the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO and delivered to you 100% online by InterActive.

M.A. Masters in International Marketing

Clever marketing drives profit, product longevity, and brand loyalty. As companies look to take their products and services into new marketplaces, the Hult International Business School Master of International Marketing (MIM) allows you to explore marketing on a global scale.

Master
M.A. Music (Research, Composition or Performance)

The taught and research programme, Music (Research, Composition or Performance) offered by the University of Kent are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators.

School of Music and Fine Art
M.A. Africa and Development

This Africa and Development programme from University of Birmingham combines development studies with an interdisciplinary focus on Africa. 

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
M.A. Philosophy

Studying this MA in Philosophy at The Open University UK will hone your ability to think clearly and logically, and develop your writing, research and analytical skills. 

M.A. Investigative Reporting

The Master Programme in Investigative Reporting is offered by the Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics. Investigative journalism is at a crossroads in theory and practice. Crises of ethics and funding have brought profound changes to the nature of long form journalism, the ways in which it is produced and the institutions that invest in it.

M.A. Documentary

The Documentary program offered by Liverpool John Moores University is a dynamic and practical program to develop your creative storytelling and multi-media production skills. The programme will include lectures, workshops and opportunities to learn from professional media experts. 

M.A. Classical Studies

This fascinating Classical Studies course from The Open University UK examines many different aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, languages and material cultures – through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing.

M.A. Classical Archaeology

This Master's degree in Classical Archaeology offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics is devoted to the advanced study of the archaeological, historical and cultural legacies of ancient Greece and Rome within their broader Mediterranean contexts.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Screenwriting

The M.A. Screenwriting course, offered by MetFilm School, equips you with professional skills to develop your own voice and produce marketable and commercially successful scripts for film, television and web series. During your studies, you’ll do a unique industry project for an external client.

M.A. Multimedia Public Relations

If you are a graduate aiming for a career in public relations, this is the course for you. This Multimedia Public Relations course at Teesside University explores the changing nature of the communications landscape in the 21st century and develops your professional skills and experience.

School of Arts & Media
M.A. Screenwriting

The London Film School MA in Screenwriting course is an intensive one-year programme that develops the writer’s original voice, embeds professional practice and enhances employability.

M.A. Human Rights LLM

The MA/LLM Human Rights programme is offered by The School of Law from Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics. The distinctive focus of the programme is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights. 

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Digital Arts and Design with Advanced Practice

The Digital Arts and Design with Advanced Practice progrramme at Teesside University   is an opportunity to enhance your qualification by spending one semester completing a vocational internship, research internship or by studying abroad. 

School of Arts & Media
M.A. Cultural Diplomacy and International Events

The UWS Cultural Diplomacy and International Events programme allows you to graduate with an appreciation of useful strategies, policies and practices for advancing cultural diplomacy, and be able to apply these to a range of different circumstances. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin. 

School of Media, Culture and Society
M.A. Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management programme offered by the London School of International Business is highly valued and holds an international reputation for quality. The programme is designed for those who want to pursue senior level careers in human resource management (HRM) and covers essential skills for your professional development and future career.

M.A. Directing

The M.A. Directing course offered by MetFilm School equips you with a comprehensive skillset to work across all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you real-life experience with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world.

M.A. TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

This masters degree in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University College London (UCL) is for practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL, EFL, ESOL) throughout the world. We accept teachers of other languages on the understanding that most of the examples used during the programme will be drawn from English language teaching.

Institute of Education
M.A. Computer Animation and Visual Effects

This Computer Animation and Visual Effects course from Teesside University responds to a specific industry niche, capitalising on the industry and academic experience of our staff members.You focus heavily on specialised computer animation and visual effects practice.

School of Computing
M.A. Producing

Studying M.A. Producing at MetFilm School allows you to fast-track your creative career and gain a job in today’s ever changing creative industries.

M.A. History By Distance Learning

This two-year History By Distance Learning programme from the University of Birmingham offers you the opportunity to explore a number of historical themes, drawing on the Department of History’s broad range of expertise. You may pursue one of three pathways through the MA: Contemporary History; Global History; or Modern British Studies.

Department of History
M.A. Philosophy

The Philosophy programme offered by the University of Birmingham provides you with the choice of studying modules covering key areas in Philosophy.

Department of Philosophy
M.A. English Linguistics

The M.A. in English Linguistics at Birmingham City University is a flexible distance-learning programme. You can work at your own pace fitting your study around work and other commitments.

School of English
M.A. Music - Critical Musicology Pathway

The Music - Critical Musicology Pathway from the University of Birmingham aims to equip you with core historical and analytical skills as well as the enabling you to operate in a field that is broadly interdisciplinary.

Department of Music
M.A. Childhood and Youth

This Childhood and Youth course from The Open University UK offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood and youth underpinned by a commitment to integrated practice. 

M.A. History of Science and Medicine

This Master's degree in History of Science and Medicine offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics explores how the formidable forces of science and medicine have fundamentally shaped who we are. 

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

The Philosophy of Religion and Ethics offered by the University of Birmingham explores a variety of questions – for example: Are there shared human values? How do we negotiate different belief systems in pluralistic societies? Is there a conflict between science and religion? 

Department of Philosophy
M.A. Political Science (Research Methods)

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a '1+3' programme, the MA in Political Science (Research Methods) offered by the University of Birmingham is designed for those students wishing to prepare for advanced research in political science. 

Department of Political Science and International Studies
M.A. Concept Art for Games and Animation

This Concept Art for Games and Animation course at Teesside University focuses on games and animation but is also suitable for students interested in related areas such as film, comics and illustration. You will undertake project based course work supported by dedicated staff with a wealth of practical experience of both the commercial and academic worlds.

School of Computing
M.A. Social Work

The MA Social Work offered by the University of Birmingham enables those with a BA degree to obtain the new professional qualification in Social Work, as well as a Masters degree. 

School of Social Policy
M.A. Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning)

The MA in Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning) from University of Birmingham is intended for anyone interested in the application of language research to language pedagogy, and for teachers of English who wish to upgrade their professional standing. 

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
M.A. History of Art

This History of Art programme from the University of Birmingham provides you with the opportunity to choose from a range of subject areas and historical periods in History of Art.

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
M.A. Antiquity - Byzantine Studies pathway

This Antiquity - Byzantine Studies pathway programme offered at University of Birmingham is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate, and would now like to study Byzantine Studies in greater depth and at a higher level; or if you want to explore this aspect of antiquity and it wasn’t included in your first degree. 

M.A. Translation Studies

The Translation Studies programme offered by the University of Birmingham is ideal for those looking to embark on, or develop, careers as professional translators. 

Department of Modern Languages
M.A. Digital Media Management

How can designers, managers, entrepreneurs and scholars keep pace with the rapidly changing field of digital media and web design? This Digital Media Management programme is offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Cultural Diplomacy and International Music

Delivered in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, the UWS MA in Cultural Diplomacy & International Music educates professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. 

School of Media, Culture and Society
M.A. Religious Studies and Global Development

The political and social dimensions of religions are at the heart of this innovative programme, which explores the role of religions and theology in global development. The Religious Studies and Global Development is offered by the University of Leeds.

University of Leeds Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
M.A. Film and Television - Research and Production

Do you want to develop a broad range of skills that will be directly applicable within the film and television industries? Are you looking to kick-start your career in media production or scholarly research? The MA in Film and Television - Research and Production from the University of Birmingham places employability at the heart of the programme. 

Department of Film and Creative Writing
M.A. Military History

The Military History programme offered by the University of Birmingham provides the opportunity to explore military history, drawing in particular on Birmingham's expertise in the history of the two World Wars and air power.

Department of History
M.A. Translation and Interpreting

The MA in Translation and Interpreting (MATI) from Swansea University is a specialised variant, with special emphasis on interpreting skills, of our established MA in Professional Translation. It is an integrated programme designed to turn entrants with proven excellence in foreign languages into successful and marketable professional linguists.

M.A. Text and Performance

This highly distinctive MA course, run as a partnership between Birkbeck and RADA, brings together cutting-edge practice and scholarship in theatre and performance. This Text and Performance programme is offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Management of Special Education in Developing Countries

The Management of Special Education in Developing Countries from the University of Birmingham is a full-time programme for teachers, administrators and non-governmental organisation staff who are working in special education in developing countries and who wish to develop their management or leadership expertise. 

School of Education
M.A. Film, Television and Screen Media

This Film, Television and Screen Media programme, available in both part-time and full-time study modes, offers you a broad-based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories.  The programme is offered by Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Postgraduate courses
M.A. Shakespeare and Education

The Shakespeare and Education programme offered by the University of Birmingham is a unique, modular programme that is particularly appropriate for practicing teachers, offering the opportunity to enhance expertise in different aspects of Shakespeare?s work.

The Shakespeare Institute
M.A. English

From Genesis to JM Coetzee, our MA in English from The Open University UK offers you a rich and exciting experience of higher level literary study. You will broaden your knowledge and appreciation of different genres, periods, techniques and writers, and the ways in which they have been transmitted and read. 

M.A. Philosophy of Health and Happiness

The Philosophy of Health and Happiness programme offered by the University of Birmingham focuses on the happiness and its overlap with health and wellbeing asking questions such as: What is happiness and health? How does illness affect our understanding of what matters? Do our views about death and mortality affect how happy we are and how meaningful our lives are? 

Department of Philosophy
M.A. Music Part 1

This Music Part 1 module from The Open University UK is the first part of the MA in Music, which is taught and assessed entirely online. It introduces a wide range of music research skills in the context of the ‘digital humanities’ (the use of computers and the internet for research and study). 

M.A. Cities, Culture and Creativity

The Cities, Culture and Creativity program offered by Liverpool John Moores University offers you an exciting new cross-disciplinary MA, which studies contemporary UK and international cities from socio-economic, cultural, theoretical and practical perspectives.

M.A. Human Resource Management

To survive in today's competitive environment, busy and ambitious professionals need wide range of skills, knowledge and expertise. With the ultimate flexiblility which our programme offers, you can advance in your career and still continue to manage other responsibilities in your life. London School of Planning and Management offers the MA in Human Resource Management online programme.

M.A. Creative Writing

If you have completed an undergraduate degree containing some creative writing or are an English graduate with considerable experience in writing creatively and wish to proceed to a career of further study in this area then our innovative MA in Creative Writing from University of Birmingham is for you.

Department of Film and Creative Writing
M.A. Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

The MA in Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations (PR) from Swansea University is designed for students who want to focus their energy on the dynamic world of social media, develop their creative practice and professional writing skills or are looking to work in an entrepreneurial environment.

M.A. Philosophy

The MA Philosophy at New College of the Humanities engages students with classic and contemporary texts and debates on key topics in theoretical and practical philosophy. It provides excellent preparation for PhD studies.

M.A. World Heritage Studies

The World Heritage Studies programme offered by the University of Birmingham is aimed at those who wish to acquire both a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes surrounding World Heritage in its cultural forms (tangible and intangible), its natural forms and as cultural landscapes.

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage