MA in History

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA in History

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

Why choose this course?

  • You will benefit from being taught by a team of research- active historians – internationally renowned scholars who publish in their areas of expertise.
  • The History field at Oxford Brookes is recognised as a centre of academic excellence in both teaching and research.
  • We include all aspects of our research interests in the History MA course, teaching modules and supervising dissertations that reflect our specialist subjects.
  • The course provides an excellent preparation for students intending to go on to PhD research and will also be of interest to graduates wishing to pursue advanced study in History.
  • The course includes a History of Medicine pathway, allowing you the chance to focus specifically on the social, scientific and cultural history of medicine, as well as the relationship between medicine and the humanities.

We welcome further enquiries – please contact the MA Subject Co-ordinator, Dr Viviane Quirke ( or the History Programme Administrator (

The Course in Detail

The MA in History consists of four modules: a compulsory core module, two elective modules and a dissertation. Postgraduate diploma students take Modules 1, 2 and 3. Postgraduate certificate students take Module 1 and one elective module.

Teaching and learning

The MA course is taught through small-group seminars, discussion groups, workshops and individual tutorials as well as historiographical and bibliographical presentations. Classes are held in the evenings (except where indicated), and the sessions run from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Part-time students attend the University one evening per week and should be able to devote an additional 12-15 hours per week to private study. Full-time students attend classes on two evenings per week and spend 30 hours per week in private study. Assessment is entirely by written work. There are no examinations. Shorter courses in History are also available - the- the postgraduate diploma and the postgraduate certificate. It is possible to transfer between these and the MA course.

Specialist facilities

Students have access to the world famous Bodleian Library, a copyright library, which houses all books published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In addition to the Bodleian and its unparalleled collection of books and rare historical manuscripts, there are affiliated libraries such as Rhodes House, home to the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies, and the Vere Harmsworth Library of the Rothermere American Institute, where students will find one of the finest collections of publications on the Political, Economic and Social History of the United States from colonial times to the present.

Oxford is a lively centre for events, exhibitions, seminars and open lectures in various specialist areas of history, which staff and students at Brookes regularly attend.

The city is also an easy bus or train ride to London for convenient access to an even wider resource of historical materials. These include various seminars and lecture series offered by the University of London and the Institute of Historical Research. In addition, The National Archives at Kew, The British Library and other specialised libraries will be of particular interest to students. Oxford is also within easy reach of other archival collections in Birmingham, Cambridge, Reading and Bristol.


Students who have completed the MA in History have developed a variety of careers. A significant number have gone on to undertake PhD study and secondary school history teaching. Others have taken up careers in archive management; law; accountancy; local government; the civil service and at GCHQ - all jobs which require excellent research and analysis skills. Oxford also has the highest proportion of ‘knowledge intensive’ employees of any English city, with Oxfordshire boasting the highest number of NGOs outside London, so you are in an excellent position to pursue career development opportunities in the region.

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Last updated November 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
5,450 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 5,450 GBP
(Non-EU full time: 13,200 GBP)