Our British History MA is the only one of its kind in the UK. It provides you with the opportunity to study the political, social, economic and cultural history of the British Isles. We offer intensive teaching in the methodologies and concepts used by historians.
The course covers a wide range of British history from early medieval to modern periods and includes historical methodology and concepts, ideas and influences, reform and reaction.
There is flexibility in the choice of taught modules to allow you to be able to study the periods of history and subjects that most interest you. For the part-time route the selection of modules to take and their timing will be decided in consultation with the Degree Programme Director. We offer an optional independent study project as well as the compulsory dissertation.
You will take compulsory modules in British History and choose the remaining credits from MA modules within the School of History Classics and Archaeology, or another School that is of interest and relevance.
Alternatively you may wish to incorporate one or more independent study modules into your course, allowing you maximum flexibility to pursue your own interests. It is also possible to study an additional language as part of your skills enhancement, at a range of levels from beginners to advanced.
The taught modules are delivered through a combination of:
- individual tutorials
- self-directed learning
You then complete a dissertation on any period of British history.
You will have access to top quality facilities, including:
- the Great North Museum: Hancock
- the Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory
- computing facilities with access to relevant databases and free printing.
- a dedicated MA study space
British History MA students also receive a personal research allowance of £100.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take at least 20 credits from the following:
- HIS8104 Ideas and Influences in British History
- HIS8105 Reform and Resistance in British History
- HIS8120 Missions, Missionaries and Empires in World History: British, European and Informal Empires
You will take the remaining 40 or 20 credits, in consultation with the Degree Programme Director, from MA modules within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in either semester one or semester two, or alternatively you can select one of the following:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in history or a related subject such as:
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.