Lancaster University

Lancaster University


The programme is designed to foster the study of history at an advanced level and to develop skills which may form the basis of further research or can be transferred into professions outside the university. The programme is divided into three pathways: medieval and early modern; modern; heritage. Each of the pathways consists of 4 taught modules. The programme and a range of activities within the Department support the creation of a lively and stimulating student experience. In addition to taught modules and supervision, the Department encourages MA students to attend research seminars, conferences, training events, reading groups and social events run by the department. The Department of History prides itself on its placement and consultancy modules which allow students to build skills in heritage studies and public engagement. The programme also includes an opportunity to undertake an assessed placement in either a primary or secondary school.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or its equivalent, in history or a related discipline. IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules (subject to change, and not all available in a given year): critical heritage studies; belief and unbelief: gods and pagans from antiquity to today; creative voices: history and fiction; how historians understand and explain; researching and writing history; beyond the text: literature, image and voice as historical evidence; heritage and public history placement; digital humanities; sources for medieval history and palaeography; medieval primary sources (genre, rhetoric and transmission); medieval latin translation for historians; landscape and heritage; historical consultancy; school placement (primary or secondary).

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The Iredell Trust provides funding for postgraduate students within the department of history; applicants, who may be either MA or PhD students, should have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper 2nd class honours degree, or its equivalent, in history or a cognate discipline.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,250 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 3,125 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01524 510880