Our Master's degree in Public History will prepare you for a career in the field of History and Public Heritage or for further study at doctoral level.
Why study Public History?
Most people's sense of the past comes from public history, through film and television, fiction, museums, heritage sites and memory work.
This course looks at the kinds of pasts that are produced in these popular forms. It examines how they are made and the ways in which they are consumed and understood.
As part of your study you'll be able to gain practical experience of working in a cultural heritage site, museum, gallery or archive.
The degree will help to prepare you for a career in public history related fields. It will also show you why the uses we make of the past are not just matters of academic interest.
Why St Mary's?
This is the only degree in the UK that is taught, in part, at The National Archives, which is a leading national and international site not just for archiving government documents, but also for engaging with the past in other ways.
You will attend workshops at The National Archives, delivered by their highly experienced staff and drawing on their wealth of original materials.
The St Mary's campus is located in South-West London, meaning we can offer you excellent opportunities for field visits, and unrivalled links for volunteering and work experience with Hampton Court Palace, Strawberry Hill House, Turner's House, Sir John Soane Museum and Orleans House Gallery. This means that if you decide to take a professional attachment as part of your degree, we can arrange a placement that is relevant to your interests and career aims.
The degree is taught by historians with a strong record of publication and high-quality teaching.
Our graduates have gone on to work in archives and heritage sites, as well as undertaking doctoral level study.
- Includes sessions taught by the Public History Team at the National Archives.
- Will prepare you for a career in the field of cultural heritage or for further study at doctoral level.
- Taught by experts in the field working in the Centre for the Philosophy of History.
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.