MA in History

hist-merlspecialcollectionsThe MA in History covers the period from 1500 up to the present day.

This MA programme aims to develop your research skills and understanding of the key issues that inform today's debates, culture and society. You will gain the necessary skills to enhance career as, for example, a teacher, journalist or civil servant. You will also be able to pursue careers in museums, archival studies and heritage. The programme also offers tailored training for students who plan to pursue an academic career and start a doctorate.


Within our MA programme, you have freedom to build your own pathways and specialise in the kind of history you really enjoy!

Our cooperation with other Departments at Reading means that our students rely on a wide range of expertise and can work in a truly interdisciplinary environment. The possibilities are truly endless.

We also work closely with the Museum of English Rural Life and with the Institute of Education. This means that we offer training on a wide range of transferable skills that will equip you for a possible future career in education and heritage.

See here examples of pathways!

See a list of modules on offer.


Students can register full time (12 months), part-time (24 months) or part-time modular (over 5 years). Thus, you can choose what really suits you!

Find more information here.

Academic support tailored to your needs

Each MA student works closely with an academic supervisor. They offer guidance, support and monitor the progress of your research. They are there to ensure that you master all the appropriate research skills and that your research project comes to its successful conclusion. In addition, the MA Director keeps in regular touch with all the MA students and is available to offer academic feedback and pastoral care. Particular attention is dedicated to part-time and modular students and we take great pride in making sure that all our students feel part of the Department.

See our profiles and research interests here.

Have a look at our facilities and resources.

Career prospects

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. They range from recent graduates in history and teachers to civil servants, librarians and retired businessmen.

Thanks to a variety of transferable skills and an enhanced confidence gained through teamwork, presentations and one-to-one supervisions, our students continue - or return to - careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector, heritage and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research.

Admission - click here


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Contact us

UG & PGT Programme enquiries:


Post Graduate Research enquiries:

Catherine O'Hare

+44 (0) 118 378 5799


Student Support:

Sally Davies

+44 (0) 118 378 5443



+44 (0) 118 378 8372



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Alumni discount

If you are thinking of doing a postgraduate course are you aware that as a Reading Alumnus you could be eligible for a discount on the cost of your course fees. SeeAlumni Discounts- University of Reading



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