History, Power and Identity, M.A. | University of Essex | Colchester, United Kingdom
12 months
19740 GBP/year
9200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


 In a world threatened by the rise of far-right groups, invigorated by mass protests such as Black Lives Matter or #MeToo, and rocked by political, economic, and cultural crisis, this History, Power and Identity course at University of Essex traces the historical roots of some of today’s most urgent fights for power.

Visit the official programme website for more information


We look at the ways and means by which power has operated in the past to consider who has power, why it might be shared, and how it is resisted. We examine different sites of power, from bodies to institutions, and its multiple workings, from slavery and torture to consumer decisions and food sustainability. The struggle for power can be reflected in racism, sexism, and homophobia – attacks on people’s identities to reinforce the dominance of one group or ideology. Yet those identities are also sources of pleasure, celebration, and resistance, whether through conflict or cooperation. Power can also be shared within communities, whether to bolster the dominant group or to provide more social equity.

This History, Power and Identity course at University of Essex explores urgent questions about how systems of power shaped, and continue to shape, people’s lives, opportunities, and identities, including:

  • What is power, and how have these meanings changed over time?
  • When and why do people cooperate with power or resist it?
  • What are the sites of power and its contestation?

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Making History, Sharing History: Sources, Methods, and Audiences for Historical Research
  • History, Power, and Identity

  • Museum Activism: Art, Politics, Cultural Work and Policy

  • Heritage and Human Rights

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2.2 Degree in History or a related subject such as: Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Foreign Language with Literature content Law, Literature, Politics or Sociology.
  • Will consider applicants with an unrelated degree but relevant work experience in for example museums or libraries.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9200 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home/UK fee: £4,600
  • International fee: £9,870

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

Our partners

History, Power and Identity
University of Essex


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!