Explore contrasting periods of history and develop your critical awareness and research skills. Gain a richer understanding of how history helps us to address present-day issues.
Hundreds of thousands of black GIs were stationed across the UK during World War Two. Many had relationships and some had children. Prof Lucy Bland, author of Britain's Brown Babies, spoke to Radio 4 Woman's Hour about shedding light on these children's experiences, and a chapter of social history.
On our MA History you’ll critically examine social, cultural, political and public history and conduct original research.
We’ll help you use different historical and interdisciplinary approaches to become a true historian, able to think critically and solve complex problems – identified by the World Economic Forum as the top two most required skills for the future workforce.
Study in Cambridge and you’ll be part of a dynamic academic environment, able to benefit from our many links with local organisations and archives including the Cambridgeshire Collection and Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
This Masters degree will introduce you to new research methods and the analytical questions that go with them.
This will allow you to develop an understanding of the problems inherent in the historical record – such as the many contrasting viewpoints – and give you the means to test them effectively.
You’ll use digital and archival resources as well as develop the skills to critically engage with non-textual historical documents such as museum artefacts and visual sources in film or artwork.
Through workshops you’ll choose a topic for your major project that calls upon the research methods you’ve learned and your awareness of the relevant historical concepts. By the end of this postgraduate course you’ll have acquired and demonstrated the skillset of a genuine historian – not just an antiquarian.
We’ll also help you prepare for your future career with innovative assessment methods such as planning exhibitions or researching and writing radio programmes.
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Professor of Social and Cultural History Course Leader, MA History
Professor of Modern British History Course Leader, BA (Hons) History
Senior Lecturer, History
Associate Professor in Modern European History; Director, Labour History Research Unit
Senior Lecturer, History and Politics
Associate Professor in Sensory History
The skills you develop in our MA History will transfer across a range of careers, as well as provide a gateway to PhD research.
By exploring how to make the past available to a wider public, you will open up careers in the heritage industry, archives and museums.
You will also become an independent learner, able to manage your own projects and research in a confident and flexible manner, devise and sustain arguments and solve problems successfully.
Such skills are transferable to careers in teaching, business, the media, arts administration, fundraising, librarianship, marketing, IT-related industries and many others.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD in History or PhD in Sociology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
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