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Spotlight on postgraduate study at St Mary's

MA in Public History

Stewart McCain, Programme Director for History, explains how St Mary’s offers academic insight and valuable real-world experience to those interested in working in Public History and Heritage.                          

You want to find work in a new sector, but you can’t find a job without relevant experience. 

For anyone interested in working in the Public History or Heritage sector this is a conundrum that the MA in Public History at St Mary’s University can help to solve.

Parts of the course are taught with staff from the National Archives, and all of our students have the opportunity to complete a work placement in a local archive, museum, or historical site, so the course will give you real insights into how the past is presented and consumed.

Yet our course offers even more than this. The study of Public History is one of the most challenging and vibrant areas of historical study. As a student you will think critically about the public presentation of the past, and all of the political, social and ethical questions that go with it.

Our students have gone on to work in national archives, historic houses, and to study PhDs, and we know that the intellectually stimulating and socially aware work they do with us will help them to excel in their chosen fields.

St Mary’s alumni are eligible for a discount of up to 20% on fees for postgraduate study.