MA History – Bath Spa University

Key facts

MA History
School of Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time or two years part time.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We're generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

Distinctive. Applied. Our MA History is underpinned by world leading research and an emphasis on communication.

  • Practise communication in all its forms, and learn how historical material is analysed, presented and used.
  • Explore historical insight and interpretation through the study of both material and archival evidence.
  • Develop skills that employers look for: project planning and implementation, teamwork, negotiation and networking.

This is an applied Master's in History. Its defining aspect is the combination of historical study (developed in-line with the research specialisms of our exceptional History staff) with the opportunity to devise and produce material for use in, with, and by the public.

You'll want to study the past, possibly as a precursor to further research, but you'll also benefit from developing your skills in communicating its stories to diverse audiences, in a variety of ways.

What you'll learn


MA History at Bath Spa is your chance to deepen your understanding of History in the ideal setting: you'll study at our Newton Park campus, which is in itself an artefact, equipped for modern use. You're based in the World Heritage City of Bath – the perfect setting for a wider exploration of local, regional, national and international themes in the study of History.

We've established a reputation for the study of public history, for the quality of our research, and for our work in the creative arts. The course's focus on communication, in all its forms, and on the ways in which we analyse and present historical material for use in, with and by the public, means that you'll graduate with a range of applicable skills and invaluable experience.

You'll be doing as well as learning: project planning, negotiating, getting to grips with copyright and licensing, editing, and pitching. Our goal is to enhance your skills for a range of careers and sectors, including business, health, education, charitable work, publishing and commissioning, plus much more.

MA History can be studied on a part-time basis.

Course structure

Trimester one
Develop your skills in identifying and interpreting a wide range of historical sources, from documents and photographs to artefacts and historical sites. Set these in local, regional, or international contexts, and consider both the detail and the broad perspectives of world histories.

Trimester two
You'll learn to make history available to the public, and encourage participation in it. You'll give a voice to the marginalised, and translate and repurpose academic history for other audiences – young people, children, the elderly, and migrant, rural and urban communities. 

You'll choose from several optional modules ranging from the history of Bath to migration in the modern world, and from the grandeur of the English country house to political rebellion, disorder and riots. Each of these reflects the research interests of staff members, meaning you'll work with an expert in your chosen subject, and begin to develop your own expertise. 

Trimester three
You'll build on the knowledge and skills you've gained in previous trimesters to explore your interests in more depth through your final dissertation or project. 

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • Methods, materials and interpretations
  • The making of modern worlds
  • Communicating the past
  • The country house in context
  • Politics and its discontents
  • Place and time: historical perspectives on the city of Bath
  • Perspectives in migration history
  • Dissertation
  • Public history project.

How will I be assessed?

We’ll assess your progress in a variety of ways including essays, research papers, group presentations, projects, portfolios, and reports. 

Our assessment methods allow you to develop and demonstrate skills applicable in the workplace and further study.

How will I be taught?

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, and individual tutorials.

We also provide practical opportunities for you to get to grips with History through archival research, and training sessions in handling and reading historical sources and how we interpret the past through objects.


Industry links, experience and networks

This is history in three dimensions. Through fieldwork and visits, plus networking opportunities (with curators, archaeologists, filmmakers and marketing professionals), you'll engage with industry. 

You'll think about history at a micro level, through the detailed anaylsis of a single image or artefact. You'll also look at the big picture: globalisation, contemporary issues, and history in a global context, to address current challenges and concerns. 


Our aim is that you'll graduate a confident communicator, capable of responding to external changes in the fields you're interested in joining, whether in education, teaching, curation, heritage and public history, the charitable sector, management or further study.

You'll develop skills in creativity and critical thinking, underpinned by demonstrable skills in project planning and implementation, an ability to work with diverse groups of people (specialists and non-specialists) and to deliver defined objectives through teamwork, negotiation and networking. 

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our Newton Park campus is a historic resource in its own right. Our campus buildings – which include a period manor house, gatehouse, keep, and state-of-the-art learning and performance facilities – are set in an eighteenth-century landscape complete with a lake and pavilions.

You'll have access to excellent facilities including:


In addition to the Library and online access to secondary and primary resources, we draw on the University’s own archive, other archives and museum collections, and the campus itself in our teaching.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are no longer eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate.

UK students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £7,585
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

UK students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,793
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

Course fees
2021/22 entry £14,045
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022
2023/24 entry Published Jan 2023

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students with a passion for History, and a curiosity for the sources of things and how they inform our present. In your personal statement, you should explore the value of history in the modern world, and what it means to you.

You'll generally have a good honours degree or equivalent, usually in History or a related subject.

International students whose first language is not English are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Get ahead

If you’d like to do some further reading, here are some suggestions:

  • Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice
  • Christoper Bayley, The Birth of the Modern World: Global Connections and Comparisons

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Alison Hems

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