MA Historical Research & Public History

The MA Historical Research & Public History will develop your expertise in two specific areas of history, and build applied competencies in conducting research and communicating history to the public. This degree will prepare you for a career in public history, such as museums, galleries, heritage sites, public policy, and the media.

MA Historical Research & Public History

“Our innovative MA Historical Research & Public History provides advanced training in historical method, theory and historical research while exploring history as it is represented and debated in the public sphere.” Dr Lars Kjaer BA, MPhil, PhD, Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History.


MA Historical Research & Public History


Bloomsbury, London

Study mode:

Full-time or part-time


One year (FT) or two years (PT)

Start date:

21st September 2020 (see term dates)

Annual tuition fees:

UK, EU, EEA, Swiss: £8,000 (FT)/£4,000 (PT)

International: £13,000 (FT only)

Faculty & Research:

History Faculty



Our MA Historical Research & Public History offers a rich and intensive study of historical research and public history, designed to produce talented and sought-after historians who are able to apply their skills not only to academia but also to the practice of history in the public sphere. Read more

This degree is unique in its combination of advanced training in historical method, historiography, theory and practice of historical research, and evaluation of primary evidence alongside an exploration of public history as it is represented, constructed, debated and contested in the public sphere, including in museums and galleries, heritage sites, public policy, and the media.

The programme provides exceptional preparation for graduates from a range of humanities and social sciences disciplines who plan to continue their studies at PhD level, while also being aimed at graduates from a liberal arts or other humanities and social sciences background who now wish to pursue their interest in history.


The MA Historical Research & Public History comprises seven courses studied full-time across a single academic year, or part-time over two academic years. Read more

There are five compulsory courses: The Historian’s Craft, Public History, and Applied Public History, plus two Dissertation courses. Students can choose from a range of historical periods and topics for their remaining courses.


The MA Historical Research & Public History will be delivered predominantly through seminars, of no more than ten people, and individual tutorials. Read more

Students who are enrolled full-time should anticipate devoting approximately 35-40 hours per week to their studies for the duration of their degree. In Michaelmas and Hilary terms, this will include approximately six to seven formal contact hours per week, with the remainder consisting of structured independent study.

Independent study primarily comprises preparing both formative and summative work, though it may also include participation in History Society meetings, History Research seminars, and professorial lectures. In Trinity term, students predominantly work independently to write their dissertations.

Part-time study

The Masters programme can be taken part-time over two years. Read more

Studying the programme part-time allows students to combine their academic studies with work or other commitments. Part-time students complete one course per term, meaning that they have one two-hour “lectimar” per week in term time.

Part-time students attend the same classes as their full-time colleagues, taking 50% of the course load each academic year. The classes are not run separately in the evening for part-time students. Meanwhile, your self-directed study can be undertaken during evenings and weekends, and your personal supervisions are arranged directly between you and your tutor, meaning there is a lot of flexibility in the schedule.

While we try to make the part-time study as flexible as possible, our Masters programmes are demanding and we advise students that, if they intend to work alongside the course, their work should be flexible.


Students will write formative essays during the year, which will receive written tutor feedback. Read more

Summative assessment of the MA Historical Research & Public History will be via essays undertaken by students throughout the academic year, in addition to their extended research proposal and dissertation of 15,000 words.


Timetables are usually made available to students during Freshers’ Week. Teaching can be scheduled to take place during any day of the week. However, when possible, Wednesday afternoons are usually reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Your qualification

NCH degrees are designed and created by the College’s professors and faculty. The courses reflect their areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are actively engaged with the material that they will teach you, and there may be opportunities for students to participate in active research. Read more

In the case of the MA Historical Research & Public History programme, the curriculum was overseen and developed by the NCH History Faculty. Depth Study courses are devised and taught the members of the NCH History faculty. These include Dr Lars Kjaer BA, MPhil, PhD, Lecturer in Medieval History, Dr Edmund Neill MA, DPhil (Oxon), MSc (LSE), FRHistS, Lecturer in Modern History and Dr Olly Ayers BA (Manchester), PhD (Kent), Lecturer in History and Politics.

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