The History MA course offered by Durham University is taught with an emphasis on disciplinary training supplied by the Department’s subject specialists with expertise in an outstanding range of areas (Europe, Britain, North America, Africa, China and Japan) and interdisciplinary engagement, while offering opportunities for supported independent study. You will be able – and are indeed encouraged – to access and use Durham’s exceptional cluster of libraries, archives, and special collections.
All students on the MA in History are required to take the team-taught core module Themes, Reading and Sources (30 credits) which runs throughout Michaelmas (Autumn). Depending on whether you opt for the 60-credit Dissertation pathway or the 90-credit Dissertation pathway, you will also take either 3 or 2 optional modules (each worth 30 credits) which run either in Michaelmas or Epiphany or throughout both terms. The options may also be language, skills and content modules, provided by other centres, courses and departments with the consent of all parties concerned. All these elements have embedded within them a range of content, subject-specific skills, and key skills.
Course Learning and Teaching
This course is delivered primarily through small group seminar teaching with some larger classes, and lecture-style sessions. Termly division of contact hours between terms depends on student choice. Skills modules are taught through seminars or classes and are usually more contact-hour-intensive. Optional modules are taught in seminars and provide a total of 20 contact hours. Dissertation supervision involves 8 hours of directed supervision, individually with a dedicated supervisor. Social science modules are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, and practical classes.
Optional modules might include:
- Anglo-Saxon Societies and Cultures: Interdisciplinary approaches to early medieval England
- The Liberal Arts – Learning, knowledge and power in the high middle ages (c.1100–c.1300)
- Feudalism: The uses and abuses of a historical model
- The Archaeology of the Book: Codicology from antiquity to the Renaissance
- Visualizing Revolution: The Image in French Political Culture, c.1789-1914
- Intellectuals and Public Opinion in Global History
- Elections in Africa: A cultural and political history, c. 1950–2016
- Serious Fun: A history of sport from the late middle ages to the present
- A Safe Democracy? Constitutionalism, extremism, and political violence in modern England, c. 1890–1939
- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesHistory Ancient History View 200 other Masters in Ancient History in United Kingdom
Subject requirements are a 2:1, with an overall average score of 65% or above, or a GPA of 3.5 or above, or equivalent.
An undergraduate degree in History or a related subject is required.
You are required to submit the following information with your online application:
- Two Academic References – from people who are familiar with your work, commenting on your suitability for the programme
- An Academic CV– this should be no longer than 2 A4 pages
- A sample of written work(up to 2500 words for MA courses)
- Academic Transcripts and Certificates, if available– a copy of your undergraduate degree and postgraduate courses
- A 750-word outline of your intended research
- Personal Development Self-Assessment Table – Applicants are requested to complete and submit a self-assessment table with their online application.
International22900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22900 GBP per year during 12 months.
National10800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part Time Fees
- EU students: £5,940 per year
- Island students students: £12,595 per year
Living costs for Durham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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