12 months
26600 GBP/year
12900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Public History programme from University College London (UCL) will give students the opportunity to consider how history is created and understood in public contexts. 


The programme offers advanced-level teaching by leading practitioners and is delivered across both the historic Bloomsbury and new UCL East campuses, with all the resources that they have to offer.

The MA Public History from University College London (UCL) combines cutting-edge, research-led knowledge of the way history is produced and engaged with in public contexts, with training in the practices through which public historical understanding is created and communicated. 

Students will benefit from UCL’s rich experience working with national heritage institutions, museums, and media outlets, as well as local communities in London, and from the university’s own role as a public history provider (through its three on-campus museums and special collections). 

They will work with internationally recognized practitioner-researchers in the fields of oral history, documentary film and radio, exhibition curation, digital history, historical dramatization, and heritage-making. Students will also have opportunities to study with public history professionals from beyond UCL and thus gain exposure to a range of career pathways.


The programme is designed to teach many of the transferable skills that history MA programmes offer, and which provide a strong foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and an academic career. On top of this, the programme provides the transferable skills necessary to pursue a career in media, heritage, education, the civil service, the arts sector, and business.

Programme Structure

  • In Term 1, you will gain a solid foundation in the concepts and debates relevant to public history, beginning to explore the distinct shapes it has taken across time and geography, and the distinct publics which not only consume but create historical understanding. You will learn about the commercial, community and political applications of historical knowledge, while also reflecting on how taking history public impacts on academic research and historiography.
  • In Term 2, you will deepen your skills as a public history maker by researching and co-creating an assessed small public history project, mentored by experienced practitioners from within UCL and/or beyond.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26600 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    12900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12900 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part time:

  • UK students: £6,450
  • International students: £13,300

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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