Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University


Our MA History course presents an exciting opportunity for you to study new areas of historical investigation and to embark on your own primary research within an area of your choice. Although this is a taught postgraduate course, it still has the challenges of a research degree. Therefore it is an ideal course for those who wish to pursue a historical interest beyond undergraduate level or as preparation in research skills for those aspiring to undertake a PhD study. The course is structured around core elements of historical study which allows you to develop a rigorous understanding of how history is made, and to tailor this to your own area of historical enquiry. The teaching reflects the internationally recognised expertise of our staff and specialist areas include modern and contemporary history. To support your learning, we run some history and heritage workshops which are delivered by a wide range of visiting experts. You'll also work with our team of academics and experts to analyse, interpret and research specific areas of history. You'll be assessed through essay assignments, project work, report writing, critical reviews, presentations and group work. You'll also compose a 15,000 word-dissertation and you'll prepare work on research methods including an assessed dissertation proposal which constitutes the research training element of the degree. Teaching will take shape in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops, archive visits and one-to-one tutorials. Assessment for this subject involves coursework, report writing, presentations and group work. Many of our MA History graduates are highly employable because they are able to show versatility which they've developed throughout their studies and experience. They go on to develop exciting and fast paced careers within archiving, education, law, marketing and public relations. In addition, many postgraduates have secured postgraduate funding and are now studying at PhD level in early modern, modern and contemporary history. Applicants with a good honours ( Minimum 2:2) degree in either History or a related subject will be considered for this course. Likewise, applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

You'll study six modules and complete a dissertation. Making History - Making : This module will help you to understand the basic principles of research design and strategy. You'll explore approaches to research, research methods and tools • Making History - Archives: You'll analyse the varied and complexity of historical evidence which is used to make sense of the past • Making History - Relations: This module will help you to comprehend the different schools of historical thinking that have engaged with the problem of interpreting social, political, economic and cultural relations over time • Making History - Space: This module will encourage you to reflect on the recent spatial turn in historical studies and how this has influenced the study of space over time • Engaging Research: This module focusses on preparing you for your research dissertation. You'll study research project development, historical methods and the nature and availability of a range of archival sources. By the end of this module you will have determined your research topic and your supervisor • Active Research : In this module you will gain experience of hands-on historical research practice by choosing to EITHER undertake a History research practice internship OR a History research practice work placement • Dissertation: For the dissertation part of this course you'll complete a 15,000 word piece of independent research. It's an opportunity for you to investigate a topic which interests you whilst allowing you to demonstrate your strengths.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the course involves course work, report writing, presentations and group work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus NG11 8NS East Midlands

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