The MA History programme at Queen's is designed around students' research interests and provides the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. There are seven strands (African and Asian; American; British; Irish; Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern; Public History and Religion, Identity and Conflict). Within each strand, students can opt to specialise in particular areas such as gender history, religious history, social history, political history or economic history. Or, they can create a more varied personal programme of study. The School has a host of world leading experts in all periods of time from Ancient to Contemporary History.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours). In exceptional circumstances the holder of a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, in a subject other than History may be considered for admission. Such applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours) who can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

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Applicants may be required to submit a piece of written work in support of their application.

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year full-time or 3 years part-time..

Learning and Teaching
Afternoon Only.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The MA can be regarded either as an end in itself, culminating in the distinction of having obtained a postgraduate degree and enhanced your employability skills as a researcher, or as a stepping stone to the higher research degree of PhD. Many graduates have gone on to PhD programmes both at Queen's and other world-leading Universities. Others go into a wide variety of employment including careers in museums, archives or libraries; journalism or media related work; teaching; private and public administration; economic development and the voluntary sector.

Further enquiries

Dr Eric Morier-Genoud, Lecturer
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics - Lecturer History
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3881

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Course Details
Students can choose from one of six strands:
African and Asian History
American History
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern History
British History
Irish History
Religion, Identity and Conflict in History

These strands share some common elements in research methods and historiography, but allow specialisation through separate taught modules and dissertation supervision. Applicants are requested to indicate which strand they intend to follow on the 'additional information' section of the application form. Students will take a number of compulsory and optional modules.

There are six main components within each strand:
a research methods in the humanities module
a historiography module
a choice between an individually negotiated topic module and auditing a level 3 module (with separate MA coursework)
a choice between a primary source-based module or a public history internship
a series of strand-specific taught mini-modules
a research methods in history module

plus a double-weighted dissertation module of up to 20,000 words.

Becoming an Historian
Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Concepts in History
Historical Documents and Sources
Individually Negotiated Topic
Case Studies in History (mini-modules on African and Asian, American, British, Irish, Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Religious History)
Topics in Irish History (for students taking the Irish history strand)
Public History Internship


History highlights
Industry Links
•The Public Internship module gives students an opportunity to work alongside heritage and public history professionals on a range of practical projects.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•The School is a world-leading centre for innovative and dynamic historical research. In the 2014 UK assessment of research (REF), History at Queen's was ranked in the top 20 departments for research.

Student Experience
•This programme provides students with an opportunity to work in the largest and most international community of historians on the island of Ireland.

Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework:
essays, critical commentaries on primary sources; power point presentations; practical work on documents or internship-related assessment; and a 20,000 word dissertation

Critical commentaries on primary sources

Power Point presentations

Practical work on documents or internship-related assessment

20,000-word dissertation

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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