West Midlands History

University of Birmingham

24 months
4625 GBP/year
4625 GBP/year
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The West Midlands History programme offered by the University of Birmingham provides an opportunity for study if you are interested in any aspect of the region such as, for example, religious change, the Civil War, industrialisation and women’s history. 


The West Midlands History programme offered by the University of Birmingham is delivered by Saturday schools and taught by leading scholars. Students come from many different backgrounds and previous knowledge of history is not required. It is suitable for recent graduates and those who are retired, semi-retired, experience disabilities or have family and work commitments which make full-time study difficult.

The programme is broadly chronological and covers the history of the region from the 11th century to the end of the 20th. It does not aim for a complete century-by-century coverage but will allow you to gain a  detailed knowledge of key aspects of social, political, industrial, religious and cultural history.

Why study this course?
  • Research expertise - Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The programme is also delivered through the Centre for West Midlands History, which promotes: research into the history of the West Midlands; the publication of books, articles and electronic media which explore the region's past; and the sharing of knowledge between academics, independent scholars and heritage professionals.  
  • Lots of opportunities to get involved - day schools for the public, seminars, conferences, the journal Midland History and opportunities to study for research degrees as well as the MA, provide historians and enthusiasts with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and exchange ideas on the history of the region.  The Centre also works with other organisations to create research projects.  There is an active Friends' organisation which provides a forum for communication for all of those with an interest in the history of the West Midlands. 
  • Taught by experts - you will learn alongside tutors with specialist historical knowledge, who can share their experience and enthusiasm for the subject. Potential students are welcome to meet informally with the admissions tutor and/or attend classes to experience a taster of the course before applying
  • Location and resources - Birmingham's central position within the region and its status as the largest city make it an ideal place to study and research the history of the West Midlands. The University library, the Library of Birmingham and the record offices and local studies libraries of the region all offer excellent resources for this programme, both in terms of books and articles on the history of the region and archives for the dissertation.


Birmingham’s History graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by a range of employers. These skills include: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.

Over the past five years, 93% of History postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our History postgraduates go on to use their studies directly, for example in heritage, museums or the armed forces; others use their transferable skills in a range of occupations from finance to fundraising. 

Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Royal Air Force; Ministry of Defence; University of Birmingham; Royal Air Force Museum; and University of Oxford.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • People and Places in the West Midlands c. 1000-1500
  • Reformation, Social Change and Civil War: The West Midlands in the 16th and 17th Centuries
  • Transforming the Region:  Economy, Society and Politics in the West Midlands in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Turmoil and Change: Economy, Society and Politics in the West Midlands in the 20th century
  • Sources and Research Techniques for the History of the West Midlands in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods
  • Sources and Research Techniques for the History of the West Midlands in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Most students will have a good honours degree normally of an upper second-class standard or above, prior to entry. A history degree is not required. 
  • Alternatively appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience in high-level historical research are taken into account.  Each applicant is considered on their merits.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


  • Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas.
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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West Midlands History
University of Birmingham