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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


This MA in History will be of interest to both recent graduates and those wishing to return to study in higher education.

This course offers postgraduates the opportunity to engage with various periods of early modern and modern history. Working alongside leading academics students are encouraged to engage with subject areas of their choice.

Why do a MA in History? It builds on the skills of thinking, evaluation and writing that we stress at undergraduate level. Additionally, it will deepen the skills needed to analyse data and documentation and develop individual skills of writing, oral participation and presentation. Each graduate is monitored by a supervisor who offers professional advice and guidance.

This programme seeks to explore these issues by focusing on selected themes spanning the early modern period through to the late twentieth century, while providing you with an opportunity to study and reflect on related themes concerning globalization and politics.

Due to the various branches of expertise held among our academic staff students are free to produce an MA dissertation on an array of topics, including: the court of Charles I; gender and the role of women; modern Irish history and politics; and history of crime and punishment and aspects of modern European History.

Curriculum Overview

Postgraduate students will study a core ‘Engaging History’ module (30 credits), an ‘Seminar Series’ module (15 credits), an 'Object of History' module (15 credits) and additional modules of 60 credits, all of which are 15 credits each. On successful completion they will progress to the MA dissertation on an area of the students’ choice (60 credits). Total credits 180.

Please note that the MA History programme is generally run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 4pm and 7pm at Hope Park.

Additional Modules (selective)

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope has a strong teaching and research reputation. All faculty members are actively engaged in research, publishing and contributing to the development of their discipline.

The department has particular research interests in maritime and colonial history; transatlantic slave trade; early modern Irish and British history; modern Irish history; Northern Ireland politics and society; Anglo-Irish relations; women's history; twentieth century European ideologies, cultures and identities; international relations; European integration; American government; and international security.

The department works collaboratively with colleagues in other departments and are actively involved in a number of the University’s research centres and groups.

Research is a central part of Liverpool Hope University’s academic life and vision. In this context the Department of History and Politics is committed to developing and supporting an active research culture though an on-going mix of research seminars, locally organised conferences and other events, including field trips and visiting speakers.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


The qualification of an MA in History will allow you to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and show potential for promotion to senior leadership.

The programme also assists personal development through an emphasis on personal responsibility, reflection and evaluation. In addition, you will develop transferable skills such as self-motivation, lateral thinking and key research and professional practice skills.

Graduates are likely to pursue careers in education and the University sector; community organisations, international organisations (UN and associated agencies), international business, diplomatic service, and the armed services.

Many schools now expect teachers to have studied to Masters level, especially if they apply for promotion. This course will also help teachers enhance the quality of their teaching.

Students completing the MA in History will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (PhD) at Liverpool Hope.