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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Keele University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


The MA in History provides distinctive opportunities for postgraduate study in History at Keele. It provides coverage of the attempts of human beings in past societies, from the Middle Ages to the very recent past, to organise life materially and conceptually, individually and collectively.

It enables students to engage critically with the contested nature of the past and the role of the discipline as a mediator for understanding both the past and the present.

The Masters programme aims to enable students to:

  • Understand historical change over time and the nature of human societies in the past.
  • Develop the ability to construct an historical argument, and to present this coherently, economically and elegantly with the appropriate supporting evidence
  • Deepen their historical knowledge of a variety of periods, places, topics and themes.
  • Evaluate and critically assess a range of different kinds of primary sources and to use them appropriately in the development of historical analysis relevant at Masters Level.
  • Evaluate and critically assess secondary sources and historiographical debates, and to use them appropriately in the development of historical analysis relevant at Masters Level.
  • Develop the ability to research, plan and write a substantial independent project.
  • Work both constructively and critically, by themselves and as part of a team, to deliver specific projects.
  • Develop research skills commensurate with postgraduate study in the field of History.
  • Reflect productively on their strengths, weaknesses, and methods of learning.


Modules are generally taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, small group discussions and individual supervision.

There is a strong emphasis on independent learning and students are expected to work on their own to produce written work and dissertation. Assessment is diverse through the use of coursework essays, reflective diary, presentation, project outline, annotated bibliography. For full-time students, taught modules are completed by May, leaving the summer months for students to write their e pass mark is 50%.

A merit will be awarded where students obtain 60% or over for the dissertation (or equivalent project or performance) and an average of 60% on their other coursework. A distinction will be awarded where students obtain 70% or over for the dissertation, and an average of 70% in their other coursework.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Keele University

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  • Campus address

    Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, England

Keele students represent over 120 different nationalities. A welcoming campus, Keele recognises the benefits of such a diverse population of cultures and ideas.
Keele provides individual and group language and academic skills guidance for international students at all levels, through its language centre on campus.
Keele offers a friendly and supportive environment for international students. A range of cultural events are arranged and celebrated throughout the year.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 90 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    110 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%



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