Ulster University - Coleraine


This is a broad-ranging programme covering the history of Ireland, Britain, Russia and the Soviet Union, the Mediterranean world, the British Empire and America since the early modern period. You will benefit from our wide range of specialisms in social, political and cultural history, and comparative and transnational histories.

We have particular strengths in the history of medicine, ethics, and emotions. You will be taught by leading authorities in these fields, and will gain advanced training in historical methods, skills, and theories with historical experts. You will also develop an innovative public history project before independently pursuing a dissertation topic of your own choice.

You may progress to doctoral research, education roles or careers in areas such as libraries, archives, museums, research for charities, official organisations, government, marketing, advertising, publishing, the civil service, or politics.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

The modules are:
Semester One
• History of Medicine, Ethics and Emotions (15 credit points)
• Historical (Auto)Biography and the Russian Revolution (15 credit points)
• Labour, Nationalism and Unionism (15 credit points)
• The European Colonies in the Americas, c.1500-1900 (15 credit points)

Semester Two:
• Exploring Archives and Digital Resources (15 credit points)
• The Historian's Craft (15 credit points)
• Public History: Communicating Research in the Digital World (30 credit points)

Semester Three:
• Dissertation (60 credit points)

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Entry Requirements
1st class or high 2:1 is desirable. However, we may consider applicants with a lower second class degree. While a history undergraduate degree is desirable, we do accept applicants from other discipines.

The degree held must be from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard.

Applicants may alternatively hold an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, or an approved alternative qualification. They must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. The onus is on the applicant to evidence that they have relevant experience equating to degree study at honours level. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Career options
Students graduating with the MA in History are well-prepared to undertake a variety of occupations. Some students will progress to doctoral research and academic careers. Others will become teachers or lecturers in further education. Not all MA graduates become teachers or university lecturers. Other options include work in libraries, archives, museums, or full-time work in research for charities, official organisations, government, etc.

Others may go into marketing advertising, publishing, the civil service or politics. Our MA programmes have been known to help teachers advance their careers. Others pursue these degrees purely through interest and a love of the past. All graduate occupational outcomes are enhanced by a higher qualification such as this. We also have a strong history of securing PhD funding for our most talented students.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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