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  • Qualification

    MSt - Master of Studies

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    17-JAN-21, 25-APR-21

  • Duration

    9 months

Course summary

The MSt in History aims to improve your practical and intellectual grasp of research processes, ability to conceptualise and engage with historical problems, and enlarge your understanding of the historical and historiographical context within which your own research is set. The MSt is open to students with interests in any period of British, European or American history (which may also include non-European elements, eg European expansion, Empire building or emigration). Those primarily interested in other parts of the world may like to consider the MSt in Global and Imperial History. The course will encourage you to develop practical and intellectual familiarity with advanced research in British, American and/or continental European history. You will also be encouraged to develop key research skills in parallel to your course work: these include the ability to read and interpret manuscript sources, the development of IT skills and competence in Latin or modern foreign languages.

A novel feature of the programme is that students will normally be assigned two supervisors, one a postholder from the History Faculty and the other an early career historian. This mixture of insights will help to build students’ independence and to shape their work in innovative ways. You will have access to a comprehensive menu of skills training for graduate students, as well as a systematic schedule of introductions to the unrivalled research facilities of the University of Oxford. If necessary for your project, you will be encouraged to develop your knowledge of a foreign language in parallel to your course work. 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)

£ 26,405overall cost

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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