Open University in Ireland


The MA in History provides you with the opportunity to explore society, politics and culture in Britain and Ireland during either the early modern (c.1500-1800) or modern (c.1750-1970) period. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials together with collections of documents and artefacts in local and national repositories, you will produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Key features of the course
• Develops your ability to present a sustained argument in clear, logical prose

• Builds your skills of analysis, critical thinking and practical research

• Provides a firm foundation for further research studies

• Applicable to a wide range of careers.

Subjects taught

To gain the 180 credits you require for this qualification, you must study the modules in the order shown below and pass part 1 before progressing to part 2:

Compulsory modules Credits
• MA History part 1 (A883) 90
• MA History part 2 (A884) 90

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module A825 may be used in place of A883.

You should note that the University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you. Due to the structure of this qualification 90 credits will be required.

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), preferably with at least a 2:1 classification to study our MA in History. Although your degree does not need to be in History or a closely related subject, you will need some knowledge of the subject to successfully complete this qualification, as the MA in History assumes all candidates have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursuing the subject at undergraduate level.

If your degree or background is not in history or a related subject, we strongly recommend that you complete the preparatory work listed in the Entry requirements for MA History part 1 (A883).

It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 7 under the International English Language testing system (IELTS). Please see their website for more details.

If you're in any doubt about the suitability of your qualifications or previous experience, please contact us before you enrol.


180 credits


2 years.

How long it takes
You will be able to complete this masters qualification within two years by studying one module a year.

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Career relevance
In addition to specific study of history, this degree will provide you with practical skills in the use of print and online primary source material, research analysis, methods and dissertation writing. The module also provides opportunities to develop and practice communication, collaboration and project management skills. An MA in History will be useful for a range of careers in which grappling with complex ideas and texts is important, including careers in teaching, journalism, the civil service and public administration, libraries, archives, museums, heritage, travel and tourism. It is also excellent preparation for doctoral studies in history.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Part time,Flexible

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