MA History

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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.

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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.

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Hands-on learning

All our MA History students have the opportunity to:

  • carry out research in Cambridge’s museums and archives
  • take part in live group briefs
  • benefit from our links with local organisations, including the Cambridgeshire Collection and Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community in Cambridge and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • study at a university whose history research was ranked as ‘world-leading’ (REF 2014)
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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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.

Prof Rohan McWilliam

"I think it's really important even today to understand how the world changed in the 19th century. We still live with the legacy of the Victorians."

Prof Rohan McWilliam

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