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History MA

The MA History programme at Queens has been redesigned to offer all its existing strengths in an innovative package of modules that challenges students to develop their knowledge and skills. Students will be taught by leading experts in public history, urban history, womens and gender history, religious history, political history, and the history of race.

The MA History programme at Queens is designed around students research interests and provides the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations.

You can opt to specialise in particular areas such as Gender History, Oral History, the History of Religion, Urban History, the History of Race and Ethnicity, the History of the Cold War, Social History, Political History or Economic History.

You can opt to take these approaches within American History, British History, Irish History, European History, African History, Asian History or Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern History.

Admission requirements


Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an Arts and Humanities discipline. Applicants with a Social Sciences Honours degree will be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an Arts and Humanities discipline, or relevant other discipline who can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.

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Program content


  • Pathways Through History
  • Becoming an Historian
  • Individually Negotiated Topic
  • Case Studies in History
  • Topics in Irish History
  • History and Theory
  • Presenting Sources
  • Placement module
  • Dissertation
  • Optional Modules (Autumn Semester)
    • Individually Negotiated Topic or History and its Audiences or in consultation with their Programme Convenor, students may take another Semester One module from an optional list of modules offered across the AHSS Faculty.
  • Optional Modules (Spring Semester)
    • Presenting Sources
    • Public History Internship (numbers on this are subject to available places)


  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £6,450
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £6,450
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £7,250
  • EU Other - £17,700
  • International - £17,700

Career paths

This programme provides students with an opportunity to work in the largest and most international community of historians on the island of Ireland. Close involvement of practitioners from a wide range of organisations in many aspects of the course enrich research culture.

About this institute

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...

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Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom


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