Year of entry: 2021
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- Study at one of the UK's leading History departments, offering unparalleled choice.
- Learn through pioneering teaching informed by the latest, cutting-edge research.
- Benefit from access to extensive and excellent material research resources.
- Study in Manchester, a living history book - from Peterloo and the anti-slavery movement, to Roman forts and medieval monuments.
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our open days .
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £10,000
International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,000
UK students (per annum): £5,000
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School's funding page where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.
See also the University's postgraduate funding database to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.
For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.
The Manchester Master's Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.Postgraduate 1+3 funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:
Courses in related subject areas
Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.
Academic entry qualification overview
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent in a humanities-based subject area.
An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.
If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our English language requirements to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.
English language test validity
Other international entry requirements
Application and selection
How to apply
Advice to applicants
You should include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.
If your academic background is not directly related to the programme, you should supply an academic-standard writing sample on a subject related to the programme.
If English is not your native language, then you should provide an academic-standard writing sample in English directly related to the subject.
For more advice on the application process, please visit our Applying page.
How your application is considered
Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application. Once we have an application that is ready for a decision, the admissions tutor (often the Programme Director) will relay the decision to the admissions team, who will send you this decision.
Please note that your application is usually received by the School 24 to 48 hours after the time you submit it. If you have not provided documentation that allows the admissions tutor to make a decision, we will contact you.
Overseas (non-UK) applicants
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.1. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of:
- an overall grade 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS; or
- 100+ in the IBT Internet-based TOEFL).
The other language tests we accept can be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf
Exceptions to needing a language test (if English is NOT your first language) are:
if you have successfully completed an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least a UK Bachelors Degree or higher from one of the following countries:
Antigua & Barbuda; Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; UK; USA.
Our MA History master's course enables you to tailor your postgraduate studies to suit your interests.
Your focus could be chronological (medieval, early modern or modern), geographical (European, transnational, global) or methodological (cultural or economic and social history).
Alternatively, you can create a wide-ranging course for yourself by choosing units from a variety of areas, including thematic course units that transcend orthodox boundaries to facilitate intellectual breadth and imagination.
You will undertake rigorous theoretical and methodological training and you will become an integrated member of the research community with the chance to engage with outstanding researchers, resources and facilities.
We have over 30 members of staff with world-class expertise in medieval, early modern and modern history, stretching across national and international boundaries, with strong representation in economic, social and cultural approaches to history.
Skills training can be tailored to specialist interests with language training, including Latin, and palaeography or methods training in social science.
Our course also offers outstanding doctoral research preparation training through the core units and skills training programme.
Careers and employability focus
Benefit from our clear focus on employability, including work placement units and other options that enable you to develop transferable skills.
We'll also encourage you to become involved in outward-facing research and social engagement.
Teaching and learning
Our course units are interactive, and the small seminar is the rule.
The History department pioneered the way that History is taught in England - introducing the undergraduate dissertation and leading the development of economic history.
We continue to endeavour to introduce cutting-edge strategies to promote excellence in teaching, feedback and student experience.
Coursework and assessment
The MA History course comprises 180 credits made up of:
- advanced coursework: 90 credits
- research training: 30 credits
- dissertation: 60 credits.
Taught course units are generally assessed by a 6,000-word essay per 30-credit unit (this will vary for the quantitative and qualitative research methods units).
You will research and write your dissertation from spring through to August. Supervision is offered at least until July.
The degree is awarded at Pass, Merit, and Distinction levels.
Course unit details
You will choose one of six core units:
- The History of Capital
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
- Modern Britain
- Race, Migration & Humanitarianism
- Transnational/Comparative History
- War, Culture and Conflict.
You will also choose four optional units. Options in History are organised chronologically and geographically, but also include innovative thematic units, for example on gender and sexuality, that transcend orthodox boundaries.
We have a strong record in promoting interdisciplinary study, and you may select units from elsewhere in the University with permission.
The Public History unit and the work placement offer a vocational pathway through the course by promoting transferable skills and focusing on the significance of history in heritage, social policy, third sector work and the media.
You will also receive skills training to equip you to pursue the MA dissertation, a major piece of original research. The Board of Examiners has commended the exceptional quality of research, highlighting dissertations that were 'publishable'.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Historical Research 1||HIST64181||15||Mandatory|
|Historical Research 2||HIST64282||15||Mandatory|
|American Studies: Theories, Methods, Practice||AMER60091||30||Optional|
|Remaking Modern British History||HIST60041||30||Optional|
|War, Culture and Conflict||HIST61041||30||Optional|
|History Beyond the Nation State: Debates & Dialogues in Modern History||HIST61221||30||Optional|
|Cultural Theory for Historians: Discourse, Place, Agency & Power||HIST62282||15||Optional|
|Wonders, Miracles & Supernatural Landscapes in Medieval & Early Modern Europe||HIST63192||15||Optional|
|Race, Migration & Humanitarianism: Legacies of Slavery & Colonialism in the Modern World||HIST64101||30||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
What our students say
My favourite thing has to be the relationships; academics really challenge you to think independently and treat you as their equal.
This allows for a greater depth of discussion and debate than you get at undergraduate level.
The University of Manchester and John Rylands Libraries offer immense holdings of printed primary medieval sources and extensive holdings for early modernists, including approximately 12,500 books printed between 1475 and 1640 (eg books printed by Caxton).
You can also access the largest e-book holdings of any UK academic library and special collections at the John Rylands Library, including the Methodist Archives and Collection, the French Revolution Collection, the Women's Suffrage Movement Archive and the Labour Party Library Collections.
Other collections include other papers of prominent scientists and academics, and collections in military, diplomatic, and colonial history.
Find out more on the Facilities page.
The high standard of arts research training, both formal and practical, opens doors to many kinds of modern public and private sector graduate careers requiring research skills, formulation of projects and policy documents.
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .