Postgraduate History 2002
Why do a Master’s course in historical studies? There are several good reasons, but primarily, these courses provide an opportunity to consolidate and flesh out existing knowledge and interests resulting from undergraduate studies. They may be undertaken in preparation for further research at MPhil or PhD level by providing instruction in research skills and methods, as well as rigorous conceptual and methodological training. However, an MA in History may also be taken as a way of furthering a career in history or heritage-related employment or just out of sheer interest.
Most universities provide a range of MA courses, some general and other highly focused. Because these are designed around the teaching strengths of the department, the range on offer can vary widely from institution to institution.