Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London


You will select your own optional units to make a bespoke course, whether with a broader/thematic or more concentrated focus, depending on your individual interests. You will also take a methodology unit and a skills unit which includes visiting speakers from the fields of archives, museums, publishing and the media. Finally, the dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake original research on a topic of your own choice, under individual supervision.

Entry requirements

UK Upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in history or other relevant discipline. Non-standard applications are also viewed sympathetically. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications (including 1st degrees in subjects other than History). Additional requirements: An interview and sample essay may be required if we would like more information upon which to base a decision. Applicants unable to attend an interview, such as overseas students, will be interviewed by telephone.

Course modules

Core course units: Studying and communicating the past; history past and present (definitions, concepts and approaches); dissertation. Elective course units: The material culture of home life (European households 1400-1850); the body in Renaissance and early modern European culture; conflict, faith and terror in the Middle East since 1945; Islam in Britain (past, present, future); introduction to Victorian studies (part 1, politics and ideas); introduction to Victorian studies (part 2, cultural and social history); recording the crusades (the memory and legacy of crusading down the centuries); public decency and private morals (20th-century British history; history of the holocaust; interpreting the holocaust; faith, politics, and the Jews of Europe, 1848-1918; leading thinkers of the Islamic revival; African American Islam, the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X; the infidel within? Muslims in the West; gendering the modern Islamic world; violence in the American South, 1865-1955; China and the wider world since 1949; unforgettable encounters with the West (knowledge transformation in modern China); tigers and dragons (the economic development of China and Japan, 1890-1990; culture wars (a genealogy of the European civil wars); the European civil wars 1917- 1947; Fascism then and now (the European far right in a transnational frame); new imperial histories (Britain's empire reassessed).

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation

Sponsorship information

The College and the History department offer a limited number of bursaries (mostly to cover academic fees); the annual competition for these is advertised in the Guardian and on the web in March; the other main public source of MA funding is the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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