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Taught Courses

Our MA courses are intended to challenge students of the highest calibre, while providing specific and direct training in disciplinary practices, theories, approaches and methodologies. Our taught programmes are conducted with an emphasis on disciplinary training and inter-disciplinary engagement, offering opportunities for supported independent study. 

Our exceptional Master's degrees are also designed to offer choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise. Throughout each degree you will enhance your historical, professional and transferable skills, preparing you for many kinds of public and private sector careers. 

University student
The MA in History at Durham University takes you on a global journey all within the confines of one department. Academic staff employ their wide range of expertise to enrich and edify the teaching and learning experience, leading students on the path to becoming independent, critical thinkers for the worlds of yesterday and tomorrow.

Alexander Hibberts
MA History student.

Previous students have gone on to work in a variety of fields, including: museums, archives and historical organisations, publishing, editing, education, banking, finance and the civil service. 

As our department offers a diverse mix of research expertise you will be encouraged to be intellectually ambitious, inducted into the community of historians and grow to better understand the relationship between your own specialist field and the wider discipline. 

Deepening your understanding of a subject you are passionate about, you will become confident in your own disciplinary identity and mastery of the subject to be able to engage with those in other fields. 

Our Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Use the links below to learn more about our programmes:

MA in History

Our exceptional MA is designed to offer choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise
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MA in Social and Economic History (Research Methods)

Learn quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriate to a wide range of historical approaches
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MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

A highly diverse course, covering an exciting range of topics from late antiquity to the late eighteenth century
The Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River in Florence

MA in Global History

Explore the history of an interconnected world while mastering the methods needed to approach it from global and transnational perspectives
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MA Global History at Durham University

Find out more about the new MA Global History which offers postgraduate students the opportunity to study the History of the world from late antiquity to the present day, and to cover every continent of this world.

See entry requirements and how to apply
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Postgraduate Scholarships

Are you a UK student and thinking about postgraduate study? We have a range of support available including our Postgraduate Student Support Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship and Alumni Fee Scholarship.

Find out more and apply