Postgraduate course

History MA

Immerse yourself in History in one of England's most beautiful and historic cities.

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Our History MA will offer you an exciting and challenging curriculum. It is led by our team of internationally recognised scholars, who combine research excellence with cutting edge teaching practice. The programme will offer you a distinctive and flexible opportunity to develop expertise in the areas of history which interest you.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £5,000

    International 2019-20 £12,750

Course overview

Our History MA will enable you to become independent, confident and digitally literate learners, thus improving your employability, by engaging in sophisticated analytical skills. You will be joining a programme with an established record of high levels of student satisfaction. 

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to emphasise your particular interests in social or political history through your choice of seminar and coursework assignments, and through the selection and development of an extended piece of independent research and critical writing on a topic of your choice.

The acquisition of a Masters degree in History already demonstrates high levels of specialism, but you will gain this not only through the development of a range of transferable skills but with the inclusion of digital learning it will allow you to apply other key skills (such as creating digital portfolios, web development and data management). There will also be opportunities for you to contribute your own work to various forums, including our History programme seminar series.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • People and Power (30 credits)
  • Digital Humanities for Historians (30 credits)
  • Social Transformations (30 credits)
  • Peril and Progress (30 credits)
  • Research Dissertation (60 credits) 

Teaching and assessment

On all of the taught modules on the MA History students will be taught in small three-hour student-led workshops. Students will be required to read a number of essential readings as well as primary documents in preparation for each workshop. Moreover, selected students will be assigned tasks to prepare in advance of the workshops and then they will lead discussions on the topic under scrutiny. Time in each workshop will also be devoted to discussing student coursework and one-to-one tutorials will be offered to students. For the Research Dissertation students are assigned an expert supervisor with whom they will meet regularly during Terms 2 and 3.

Assessment methods may include essays, presentations, written proposals, portfolios, videos 

Entry Requirements


Entry onto this Master’s degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree.

If your honours degree is not in History or a related discipline you will also be required to attend an interview.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £5,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For part-time options, see the Fees & Funding webpages for more information

Postgraduate Loan: A Postgraduate Loan is available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU Alumni (subject to a minimum of 120 credits and achievement of a recognised award) undertaking PG level study (excludes PGCE).

International (non-EU) 2019 - 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

International Fees & Funding

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