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MA (by Dissertation) History


COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

We offer supervision for our MAD in History in a range of topics from the period c.1500 to the present day, with particular focus on themes linked to our three research clusters and our Centre for Public History. Our research clusters cover several themes: race, gender, and identity; political cultures, class, and citizenship; and war, conflict, and memory. We have expertise in the following geographical areas: Britain (including local and regional history), Europe, the United States, Latin America, Russia, Southern Africa, and East Asia. We take pride in providing excellent research training and careful supervision in a friendly atmosphere, with good staff-student relationships.

We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide and many of our graduates have gone on to teach in higher education institutions. Others have gone on to have careers in other types of education, as well as in archives, museums and heritage organisations, marketing, communications and public relations, and the Civil Service, among many other areas.

This course is available on a full-time basis which takes one year to complete. You can also complete this course over two years on a part-time basis.

Your future

With the skills and knowledge, you acquire from studying within our Department of History, you will find yourself in demand from a wide range of employers.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£17,050.00 (US$ 20,976) per year
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

This is a fixed fee

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

Application deadline

Expected August 2023

Start date

Expected October 2023


Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.50 from Bachelor degree.

For international students

You will need a high 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in history or a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential. If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, TOEFL IBT 100 overall with minimum component scores: listening 17, reading 18, writing 17, and speaking 20.

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


About University of Essex

At Essex, students learn to think differently, find new ways of doing things and adopt new techniques for solving problems.

  • World-leading academics in a research-intensive environment
  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Flexible course structure, students study what matters to them
  • Internationally diverse university

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