History MLitt

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The MLitt is a tailor-made programme with taught and research-based elements. It provides an ideal opportunity for the detailed study of specific periods or themes and is well suited as preparation for PhD research.

Dissertation supervision is available in the following areas:

  • Classical
  • Medieval and early modern medicine
  • Death and burial
  • Early medieval Britain and Europe
  • Gender
  • Women’s history and the history of sexuality
  • Historical demography
  • History of ideas
  • History of psychiatry
  • National identity
  • Inter-ethnic relations and border issues
  • Politics
  • International relations and the impact of war
  • Urban history
  • Urban culture



The MLitt incorporates a formal research training component where you will develop your research skills and methodologies (20 credits). You also complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests and experience (80 credits), and undertake a dissertation of 16,000-24,000 words consisting of a sustained piece of original research (80 credits). Study consists mainly of seminars, tutorials and independent learning supported by research training.

You may also attend seminars from postgraduate taught modules (without assessment), in agreement with your supervisor and the relevant module leaders.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in history or a related discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing), TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers Research Studentships

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

In the first instance, we recommend that you contact the historian whose research interests are related to your chosen topic. You can then arrange a meeting to discuss the supervision of your research degree. Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Most applicants are interviewed.

International students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Sandra Fletcher
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966
Email: pg.historical@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of History.

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