Explore British, European and world history from the 15th century to the present day. Benefit from the History team’s specialist knowledge and links across the global historical community to develop a deep and systematic understanding of historical research, enabling you to excel in further studies or begin your career with confidence.

Key features

  • Explore history through a variety of means – with a combination of taught and self-led learning.
  • Benefit from regular research seminars run by University of Plymouth’s Centre for Research in Humanities and Performing Arts, and access to The Arts Institute history lecture series featuring world-leading academics.
  • Discover the most up-to-date ways of studying history through our online resources including a vast eBook library and digital archives. Build links with local record offices and archives, accessing opportunities to develop your expertise in the local and regional history of Plymouth and the South West.
  • The programme is designed for a range of applicants, including recent graduates, teachers looking to enhance their professional qualifications and those in the local community with a long-standing passion for history.
  • Work alongside internationally recognised researchers* and experienced professionals to develop skills that will prepare you to enter the workplace with the confidence and the skills to fast-track your career.
  • Define your own specialist area of research as you craft your masters dissertation.
  • Explore history with your friends and colleagues by joining the History Society, a lively and supportive community hosting educational and social events.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan or scholarship

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £11,000 to help towards the cost of your masters degree.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan.

Find out more about the postgraduate international scholarships.

Alumni loyalty reward for postgraduate study

  • a 20% discount on home/EU tuition fees
  • or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

For further details, and contact information, please review our alumni discount policy.

For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Entry requirements

An honours degree in history or a related subject, or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a degree.

Or an ordinary degree,  foundation degree, higher national diploma or university diploma, accompanied  by substantial experience in an appropriate field. References from previous university, employer or similar.

If you possess overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.


Our recent MA graduates have gone on to undertake further study and training including funded PhDs, PGCE teacher training and NHS graduate management training. Recent graduates have also gone on to find work across museums, heritage, archives and records in roles as diverse as public sector heritage business management and as an account executive with an image library.

Initial enquiries should be made to the Programme Leader, Dr James Gregory ([email protected]).

View the full course description including details of how to apply here

Postgraduate open evening

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are designed to help you find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities. Both academic and professional support staff from the University will be available to answer your questions and give you advice, guidance and information about our programmes.

Find out more about our next Postgraduate Open Evening

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International applicants.

Please see our website for how to apply:
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