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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    21 months

Course summary

About the course

The MPhil in History is an innovative and intensive two-year course that provides a thorough training in historical methods. It offers a range of specialist options that draw on the latest research, and includes a sustained period devoted to archival research and writing.

The MPhil in History is an umbrella programme, comprising nine specific strands:

  • Medieval History
  • Early Modern History, 1500-1700
  • British and European History, 1700-1850
  • Modern British History, 1850 to the Present
  • Modern European History, 1850 to the Present
  • US History
  • Intellectual History
  • History of War
  • Women's, Gender and Queer History

While all students will apply for and follow a specific strand, they will share common courses - Theory and Methods and Writing History - and they will also have a free choice of options. In this way, the course gives access to a wide range of both general and specialised training within the field of history.

You can find more information on the course webpage and on each strand's webpage.


This course will be assessed by a combination of extended essays and a dissertation. The methodology course is examined by a 3,000 to 5,000-word essay. The optional subject examined either by an assessed essay of 8,000 to 10,000 words or by two assessed essays of 4,000 to 5,000 words each. The Writing History course is examined by an assessed essay of 4,000 to 5,000 words. The Historical Concepts, Methods and Controversies class is examined by an assessed essay of 5,000 to 7,000 words.

Finally, you will be assessed by means of a 30,000-word dissertation, which is written up for submission in week 8 of Trinity term of the second year.

Graduate destinations

About a quarter of master’s students proceed to doctoral work at Oxford, others continue academic study at other institutions. Other career destinations are as diverse as, but broadly in line with, undergraduate history career destinations: law, finance, management consultancy, civil service etc.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 26,405per year

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

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 93

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    197 95%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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