Our History MLitt is a tailor-made programme with taught and research-based elements, providing you with an ideal opportunity for the detailed study of specific periods or themes. Dissertation topics include historical medicine, political history and urban culture.
The programme is well-suited
The programme is well-suited as preparation for PhD research.
Dissertation supervision is available in the following research areas:
Conflict, War and GenocideConflict, War and Genocide
- North America (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Baker)
- Russia and Eastern Europe (Professor S Ghervas, Dr R Dale)
- Central Europe (Professor T Kirk, Professor D Siemens)
- Latin America (Dr K Brewster)
- Spain and Portugal (Dr A Quiroga)
- Ireland and Northern Ireland (Dr S Ashley, Dr F Campbell, Dr S Campbell)
- twentieth and twenty-first century Britain (Dr M Farr)
- modern China (Dr J Lawson)
- English Civil War and French Revolutionary Wars (Dr R Hammersley)
Gender and SexualityGender and Sexuality
- genders, sexuality, family and marriage in eighteenth-century Britain (Professor H Berry)
- fertility, birth control and contraception in Greece (Dr V Hionidou)
- history of imperialism and gender in modern Asia (Dr S Sehrawat)
- gender, especially masculinity, in the medieval Islamic world (Dr N Clarke)
- masculinities in early modern Britain; gender in reformation Europe (Dr A Morton)
- gender and sexuality in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain (Dr J Andrews)
Global and Postcolonial historyGlobal and Postcolonial history
- history of modern China (Dr J Lawson)
- history of medieval Japan (Dr P Garrett)
- history of South Asia; history of colonial India (Dr S Sehrawat)
- history of the twentieth-century Islamic world, especially Egypt and Sudan (Dr W Berridge)
- history of the medieval Islamic world (Dr N Clarke)
- world history, comparative perspectives across medieval Eurasia, Africa and the Americas (Dr S Ashley)
- race relations in the United States (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Baker, Dr B Houston)
- British imperial history, especially with regard to landed elites and technological transfer (Dr A Tindley)
Health and MedicineHealth and Medicine
- classical, early modern and modern medicine, history of medical history as a discipline and medical humanities (Dr T Rütten)
- history of death and sepulchral rites in Germany (Dr F Schulz)
- early modern Britain (Professor J Boulton)
- mental illness, psychiatry and asylums in early modern and Victorian Britain; social and cultural history of diseases and death; narrative, literature and medicine socio-cultural history of and death/mortality (Dr J Andrews)
- health, welfare and poverty in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain (Professor J Boulton, Professor H Berry)
- mental health, psychiatry, asylums and deinstitutionalisation in modern Britain (Dr V Long)
- history of the body; colonial medicine, military medicine and hospitals in India (Dr S Sehrawat)
- military medicine in Soviet Russia (Dr R Dale)
- famines, historical demography, public health, abortion, hospitals, popular medicine, medicine in modern Greece (Dr V Hionidou)
- healthcare and healthcare politics in modern Britain (Professor G Smith, Dr V Long)
- history of bodies; history of sexualities and gender; history of venereal disease; public health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; medical ethics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Dr L Sauerteig, based in the Institute of Health and Society)
Ideas, Religion and HistoriographyIdeas, Religion and Historiography
- early modern political thought and religious beliefs (Dr R Hammersley)
- European historiography (Dr L Racaut)
- Anti-Catholicism in England, 1500-1800 (Dr A Morton)
- religion and identity, conversion to Christianity between 400-1100AD (Ms AE Redgate)
- Islamist ideology (Dr W Berridge)
- Buddhism in medieval Japan (Dr P Garrett)
- medieval Islamic intellectuals and modern interpretations of the medieval Islamic past (Dr N Clarke)
- fascist ideology (Dr A Quiroga)
- religion and psychiatric/medical care (Dr J Andrews)
- peace and peace-making in modern Europe (Professor S Ghervas)
Labour and Social MovementsLabour and Social Movements
- twentieth-century French and British social and labour history; unemployment; social movements and protest (Dr M Perry)
- labour and business history in the cotton industry (Dr B Baker)
- work, health and disability in modern Britain (Dr V Long)
- the civil rights movement in the United States (Dr B Houston)
- civil protest and revolution in Egypt and Sudan (Dr W Berridge)
- labour in modern China (Dr J Lawson)
Oral History, Memory and PlaceOral History, Memory and Place
- oral history of health and primary care, family and community, ethnicity and migration, public history and memory in twentieth-century Britain (Professor G Smith)
- social memory and oral history (Dr M Perry, Dr S Campbell)
- oral history of famines, families, birth control, migration, ethnic Greeks from former Soviet Union, memory of famines (Dr V Hiondiou)
- oral history in twentieth century US history, public history (Dr B Houston)
- Scottish environmental history and land management (Dr A Tindley)
- history of the Vikings (Dr S Ashley)
- Anglo-Saxon England (Ms AE Redgate, Dr S Ashley)
Politics and International RelationsPolitics and International Relations
- modern British politics (Dr M Farr, Dr F Campbell)
- Anglo-Irish relations (Dr S Campbell)
- modern Central European politics (Professor D Siemens, Professor Tim Kirk)
- twentieth century France (Dr M Perry)
- history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth century (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Houston, Dr B. Baker)
- the politics of culture and sport (Dr K Brewster, Dr C Brewster)
- maritime history, Russia and East Europe (Professor S Ghervas)
Urban Culture and Mass MediaUrban Culture and Mass Media
- satire and laughter during the ‘long Reformation’ in Britain (Dr A Morton)
- history of the press in early modern France (Dr L Racaut)
- history of mass media and journalism (Professor D Siemens)
- eighteenth century urban cultures in Britain (Professor H Berry)
- seventeenth century London (Professor J Boulton)
- urban culture in the Habsburg Empire (Professor T Kirk)
- twentieth and twenty-first century Britain (Dr M Farr)
- urban reconstruction in Soviet Russia (R Dale)
- print and material culture in seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain and France, history of the urban commons (Dr R Hammersley)
You can find more information about our research areas and groupings.
Find out more about specific staff specialisms in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
The MLitt has a formal research training component where you will develop your research skills and methodologies (20 credits).
You complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests and experience (80 credits). You also 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.
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Training & Skills
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
- HIS8098 Research Skills and Dissertation Training
- HIS9001 History MLitt Research Assignments
- HIS9002 History MLitt Dissertation
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
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.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership
The ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sunderland, Teesside University and Ulster University. We are a centre of excellence for postgraduate social sciences. We offer a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.
Funded and accredited by the ESRC, we are one of the most innovative of the national network of doctoral training centres with a strong track record of partnership working with public, private and community organisations.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £5,010
Part time: £2,505
Full time: £5,010
Part time: £2,505
Full time £16,500
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 an international equivalent, in history or a related discipline.
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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.
Before you apply we recommend that you contact the historian whose research interests are related to your chosen topic before applying. You can then arrange a meeting to discuss the supervision of your research degree.
Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. We interview most applicants.
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.