Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

History (MA)

The MA in History provides a coherent but flexible course of graduate study, combining research training with intensive modules on specific historical themes and the opportunity to conduct advanced research on a dissertation topic of your choice.

Research is fundamental to our MA in History programme. It informs all of our teaching and enjoys an international reputation, attracting both high quality staff and students.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in history or in a related subject. If it is some time since you completed your undergraduate education and you do not meet the standard requirement, it may be possible to consider your application based on evidence of other relevant personal and professional experience, the support of your referees and examples of written work. Applicants may be asked to send a sample of recent academic writing in English together with the application form. If this is not possible, you may substitute a 1,500-word essay reviewing a recent academic book on a historical topic. If English is not your 1st language, you will need to provide certification of your English language proficiency. For this course you will need an IELTS score of at least 7.

Applications should be received no later than 1 August, although it is advisable to apply much earlier than this.

Applicants for research degrees should normally hold a master's degree in a subject appropriate to the proposed research topic and the same level of English language proficiency as required for the master's programmes.

Before submitting an application you are advised to contact the senior postgraduate research administrator - Charmian Hearne, cheare@brookes.ac.uk - to arrange an informal discussion of your research plans with the tutor for research students.

Course modules

Core Module: Key concepts and methods in historical research. Elective modules: Studying civil war (Russia, Spain Greece); American colossus (US domestic and foreign politics, 1945-2012); political violence in Ireland, 1848-1998; religion, doubt and secularism in modern Britain and the US; behaving badly (crime, deviance and civilisation); the Reformation and the parish church; terrorism and the sacralisation of violence; Britain and Europe, 1950-1990; race, empire and colonisation; the social history of mental illness, 1700-2000; body politics (health and modernity in Britain, 1830-1914); eugenics, man and society, 1860-1945; science, magic and religion; drug makers and drug takers, past and present; ethics and ideas (from the hippocratic oath to informed consent); the hospital in history; history that was not (counterfactuals and alternate history); the history of emotions in Britain c.1700-2000; history of the British population, 1580-1911; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is entirely by written work, there are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
PgCert Full-time September 2017 - 4 months
PgCert Part-time September 2017 - 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 9 months
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

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