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Public History, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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University rank #180 (QS) ,
The MA in Public History at Queen’s offers a unique opportunity to study public representations of and engagement with the past in a region where the past continues to resonate in many ways. It is taught in collaboration with leading cultural institutions and heritage sites in Northern Ireland and with international partners to provide both a local and a global understanding of public history. 

About

The course combines academic training in historical theory and research methods with specialised topics related to history in the public sphere thus linking the analytical and critical approaches of traditional academic history with innovative ways of creating and disseminating histories for a diverse variety of public audiences.

Public History Highlights

You will gain a rich understanding of the many ways in which history is put to work in the public sphere and the ways in which public audiences engage with, understand and use the past.

Industry Links

  • Engagement with practitioners from museums, media, heritage sites and leading historic visitor attractions enables you to learn from the professionals, while the extended placement provides you with an opportunity for hands-on experience of working in a public history context.

Career Development

  • Guaranteed work placement with a cultural institution or heritage organisation

World Class Facilities

  • Studying Public History in Belfast also offers a unique insight into many of the key issues relating to contested histories, cultural memory, commemoration, identity, and community history in a very real and meaningful way, and to gain first-hand understanding of the relationship between public history, heritage, policy, and the consumption of history at a local and national level.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Internationally-taught classes

Student Experience

  • Close involvement of practitioners from a wide range of organisations in many aspects of the course including practitioner-led workshops
  • Field trips across Northern Ireland
  • Rich research culture and postgraduate community, involvement in the Centre for Public History at Queen’s

Career Prospects

The Public History MA can be regarded either as an end in itself, culminating in the distinction of having obtained a postgraduate degree and enhanced your employability skills as a researcher, or as a stepping stone to the higher research degree of PhD. Many graduates have gone on to PhD programmes both at Queen’s and other world-leading Universities. Others go into a wide variety of employment including careers in museums, archives or libraries; journalism or media related work; teaching; private and public administration; economic development and the voluntary sector.

 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts in History
  • History and Its Audiences, The Practice of Public History, and Contested Public Histories
  • Documents and Sources
  • Placement module
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a Humanities or Arts subject or an acceptable cognate discipline.
  • Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree in one of the disciplines specified above or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, who can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Belfast

  • 561 - 890 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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