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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.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Humanities

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject

    6.0 IELTS If your first language is not English

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

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

Level 1


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This is an introductory module preparing you for study and research at master's level. It will introduce you to different approaches, methodologies and theories in historical practice. You will apply these throughout the programme, during your dissertation, and into further (PhD) study and research. 

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module explores the relationship between people and power through the assessment of case studies. These will cover a range of different chronological, national or regional experiences, and will consider ‘power’ in a wider context.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to the creation and critical application of digital technologies to further historical scholarship and public history initiatives. You will consider the key theories and practice of Digital Humanities, especially as it relates to social and cultural history.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Social transformation involves many issues of controversy and contest in contemporary society, all of which have a long history encompassing ideas of struggle, subjugation, and (dis)enfranchisement. You will examine how and why social transformation has occurred, how and why societies have constructed impediments and barriers to social change, and how these barriers have been overcome. 

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

On this module we analyse the experience of a post-1945 world which faced unprecedented threats to international security and even human survival. At the same time technological advance so reduced barriers to travel and communication that it became possible to speak of a ‘global village’.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

Through your research dissertation you will plan, research and write an independent dissertation. This will be written on a topic of specific interest to you within the broad field of History. Throughout the module you'll be supported by a supervisor who will meet with you on a one-to-one basis.

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


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject

    6.0 IELTS If your first language is not English


Entry onto this master's degree requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in History or another related subject.

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

International Students

If you're an international student, you will need to demonstrate that you have equivalent experience and qualifications as the above entry requirements.

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

We are happy to arrange interviews via skype for international students.

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.

Fees and Funding

UK & EU 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £6,500 full time

    International 2021-22 £12,750 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (full time or part time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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