What will I learn?

The MA(Res) in History covers the period from 1500 up to today. It offers outstanding training in historical research and is ideal for any student planning to start their doctoral research, to pursue a career in education, to work in museums and archives and for anybody looking to fulfil their intellectual curiosity and to follow their own research interests.

Studying at Reading

Our MA programmes offer unique insights into the richness and variety of human experience. When engaged in this exciting process of discovery, you will encounter a wide range of subjects and approaches to history while also having the opportunity to pursue your own enthusiasms. Leading scholars will guide you through the latest developments in the discipline from the end of the ancient world to the new millennium. Thanks also to our close cooperation with historians based in other departments, our students benefit from a truly interdisciplinary and vibrant research environment. Our students rely on a wide range of excellent resources. The University Library holds 1.2 million catalogued books and subscribes to over 17,000 e-journals. The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) houses one of the most comprehensive national collections of objects, books and archives. On campus, you will also find the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and the Visual Resource Centre. The Berkshire Record Office and the BBC Written archives are just a short bus ride away from the University campus. The National Archives in Kew, the British Library in London and the Bodleian Library in Oxford are also in easy reach.

Which department am I in?

University of Reading

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£17,320.00 (17,88,261) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 September 2021


University of Reading

Whiteknights House,

PO Box 217,



RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have four year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with GPA of 3.0. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

Applicants are expected to have achieved an upper second Bachelor’s degree in a course with a substantial element of history. However the Department also invites applications from other graduates who can demonstrate suitable ability and commitment. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Reading

The University of Reading has great links to businesses and an international reputation for high-quality research and teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 20 per cent of universities worldwide
  • Approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • 98 per cent of the research rated internationally recognised
  • Over 21,000 students from over 165 countries