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Full-time study

If you take the MA programme full-time you will study 180 credits over one year.



You will take three core modules totalling 105 credits.

Your remaining 75 credits will be made up of a selection of research skills and option modules appropriate to your chosen MA programme.

Core modules

  • Core module appropriate to your chosen degree (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Research Presentation (15 credits)

Research skills and option modules

These modules allow you develop your research skills; pursue an interest in public history or expand your knowledge of particular historical periods or themes. To view a list of option modules, select your degree programme here.

MA in Historical Research

You will choose:

  • One research skills modules
  • Four option modules

Thematic MA programmes

You will choose five modules from the list of research skills and option modules available on your chosen degree programme.


Teaching takes place between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Our MA teaching focusses on small group seminars and masterclasses complimented by individual tutorials and supervision sessions. Seminars are usually two hours long and range from around 5-18 students in size.

30 credit core modules run for 10 weeks. The Research Presentation and most history option modules are 15 credits and run for 5 weeks. Non-history modules may vary in teaching methods.

Timetable and deadlines

Balancing your studies

You should normally aim to have an even balance of 90 credits in each semester. We understand that it may not always be possible to follow this model due to individual module preferences and other factors or commitments.

When you are choosing your modules you should also think about the timetable and assessment deadlines. Draft timetables and assessment deadlines for the next academic year are made available in time for provisional module choice, which takes place in August each year.

If you choose to take HST681 Work Placement, we recommend thinking of this as a semester 2 module, as that is when the assessment is due.

How does that look in practice?

Autumn Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits Full Year Credits
Core module 30 Research Presentation 15 Dissertation 60
2 x research skills and/or option modules 30 3 x research skills and/or option modules 45
Semester total 60 Semester total 60 Year total 180