Our History MA teaches the methods and concepts used by historians. You can study political, social, economic and cultural history and the history of medicine, from 500 AD to the present. Study topics cover more than one geographical area - the Americas, Europe, Eurasia, British Isles.
The course is very flexible and allows you to study the periods and subjects in history that most interest you. You can also combine this with other subjects from the School of History, Classics and Archaeology eg ancient history or archaeology as well as related topics such as politics, English or a foreign language.
This course is taught and based on the Newcastle University campus.
The course is delivered through a combination of seminars, individual tutorials and small-group teaching. Module teaching runs Monday to Friday, during the day and term time only. Your tutors and other academic staff are normally available for consultation, and for dissertation supervision, during vacations.
If you plan to take this course part time, you will agree your module selection with the Degree Programme Director.
As a student on the History MA, you will receive a personal research allowance of £100, dedicated study space, PC cluster and free printing.
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology provides access to some top quality facilities such as:
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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 choose at least 40 credits and may take up to 80 credits from the following modules:
- HIS8025 Pathway in British History
- HIS8052 Conflict in European History
- HIS8053 Conflict in European History - Case Studies
- 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
- SHS8124 Introduction to the History of Medicine
- SHS8127 The Patient in History
- SHS8128 Diseases in History
You will choose any remaining credits, in consultation with the Degree Programme Director, from MA modules within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in either semester one or two, or alternatively 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. Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or an appropriate level of experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.
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How to Apply
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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.