Spotlight On: Postgrad Study in History

H istory is one of the most popular degree courses in the UK with almost 43,000 students enrolled in the programme. The other parts of the top ten can be found here . Graduating with a postgraduate degree in History can open a number of great opportunities such as becoming a museum curator, a history teacher, and even a legal profession. There are so many other careers that can be pursued because of the skills acquired and developed including clearly expressing opinions both orally and on paper, organising materials and ideas to form a concise approach, and making conclusions based on research.

Several students consider taking history postgraduate studies due to an interest in specialty areas like early modern witchcraft, whereas some may prefer broad fields of studies such as modern history. Not only in the UK, research has shown that the higher the degree is, the more employable the student becomes. Perhaps you are contemplating right now whether you're interested in studying history at a postgraduate level. The question is: should you?

Is History Postgraduate Right for You?

If you are seriously considering postgraduate studies, bear in mind that it will involve an immense amount of work. You'll have to work on your research skills, and be confident working far more independently than you did as an undergraduate. It's also important to note that jobs directly in related fields are limited, and even though there may be many opportunities here and there, many of them may not be near where you live or want to live. You may have to seek out less related employment for some time. However, there are links between employment and academic communities, so expect this to be temporary. If you are aware of what you are headed towards, then history postgraduate studies may be the ideal path to take for you.

Requirements for Postgraduate History Students The requirements will of course depend on the university where you would like to enrol. Nevertheless, it is essential that you have a undergraduate degree. Most universities require at least a 2.1, though a first is preferable. You'll also need to prove competancy at research and a real enthusiasm for your subject. Aside from this, you will also need to be a good writer and have good attitude especially in committing to serious tasks.

History Postgraduate Studies in the UK Whether you are a native resident of any UK country or not, studying in the UK for postgraduate in history is a great decision. Higher education in the United Kingdom is inspected, supervised and guaranteed by government-operated agencies. Additionally, UK is the owner of around 9% of the historical papers and about 10% of citations in the world. UK is second only to the USA when it comes to volume as well as in research quality in several subject areas including history - which is pretty impressive, when you consider the size of the two places!

Preparing for Postgraduate School In the UK, it is common to find courses split into two categories: those that are taught in many areas and those that are mostly research-based. You should ensure you research which of these will suit you better. If you want to focus on one particular project, then research may be for you, but if you're still looking for a slightly broader range of study (with active teaching) you'll want to go with a taught course. You have a number of options for your own area of specialty including Ancient History, Social History, Landscape History, and European History. You can check the list of programmes here .

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Lawrence Nader Oct. 18, 2016, 3:43 p.m.

i am Lawrence Nader from Iraq, i was studied bachelor in college of humanity department of history my average was 79%, and now i want to study master degree but i need material support such as money to study.
Can you please give me some advice?

Charlotte King Nov. 3, 2016, 2:52 p.m.

Hi Lawrence,

Once you have been offered a pace on a postgrad program you are eligible to apply for one of our £500 study bursaries:
In the meantime we have some great finding advice in our Ultimate Funding Guide:

Good luck!


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