Department of History

History postgraduate degrees (MA)

Why study a masters at Nottingham?

We are a leading international centre of postgraduate teaching and research.

Postgraduate students form an integral part of our community and are encouraged to take part in all aspects of department life.

Our innovative research-led approach to teaching will not only make your experience an exciting and challenging one, it will also provide you with the skills you need for a rewarding and successful career.

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Teaching and learning

Masters students are required to undertake significant amounts of independent study in conjunction with lectures and seminars.
Independent study is supported by tutorial and feedback sessions.

Students take a research methods module, complete a 20,000-word dissertation and choose from optional modules centred on the department’s research clusters: British history, gender history, medieval history and modern history.

In addition there are many opportunities for students to gain practical experience and skills such as organising and/or participating in workshops and conferences. 

History students are also invited to undertake up to two professional development modules which allow you to apply your specialist masters training in a careers context.

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for postgraduate students both in terms of formal teaching and personal study space.

Key spaces for Theology and Religious Studies students include the Humanities Building, Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to History students include the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research, and the Hallward Library with generous holdings of books and journals, and Manuscripts and Special Collections.


Funding for masters students

The University is committed to making study at Nottingham both accessible and affordable.
The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate history students

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General: Rachel Fox
t: +44 (0)115 988 4527
f: +44 (0)115 951 4812


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Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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