Investigate perceptions of the past with our hands-on Public History master’s
Explore understandings of the past in our innovative Public History master’s. You’ll examine diverse contexts and sources while covering topics like:
- the production and function of public histories
- heritage sites
Study at The National Archives
Our Public History MA is taught, in part, at The National Archives. Here, you’ll explore their original material with the Public History Team.
Make London your classroom
We’re in West London, so you’ll explore the capital’s museums and heritage. You’ll access:
- field visits
- unrivalled partnerships
- volunteering opportunities.
Work placements: build professional experience
You can complete a work placement to enhance your skills and network. Previous students have worked at:
- Hampton Court Palace
- Strawberry Hill House
- Turner's House
- Benjamin Franklin House
- Household Cavalry Museum
- The National Archives.
Expert teaching and support
Our academics are experts and committed to your wellbeing. Our student, Meg, tells us her teachers “were all super approachable and always available whenever [she] needed”.
Dr Mark Donnelly
Associate Professor - History
MA Public History webinar and Q&A - 21st March
Thursday 21st March 2024, 11:00AMBook now
The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25.
Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.
To qualify for entry students should normally have a second-class degree or relevant experience.
Additional requirement information
The degree must be from a UK or overseas university, or the equivalent. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area will also be considered.
International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.
We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.
For more information about entry requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees & funding
Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.
A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.
You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.
Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.
For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.
How the degree is taught
Our Master’s degree in Public History is assessed using an innovative range of different coursework tasks. You will write essays and book reviews, and give presentations about your work, developing strong academic research skills.
You will also have the opportunity to create exhibition pieces reflecting the real-life work of those who work in Public History. In the past, our Public History students have curated museum displays, produced videos, conducted oral history interviews and even written historical screenplays.
In order to complete the Public History MA, you will produce an extended, independent research project. This will either be a project based on your work placement or a text-based piece of academic research.
Our Public History master’s will help you develop essential transferrable skills like teamwork, communication, and creative problem-solving.
The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.
Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Public History MA, PGDip, PGCert include:
Make sure to check our step-by-step guide to application process.