The MA History programme at Queen’s has been redesigned to offer all its existing strengths in an innovative package of modules that challenge students to develop their knowledge and skills. Students will be taught by leading experts in public history, urban history, women’s and gender history, religious history, political history, and the history of the race.
Our Faculty have research specialisms across a range of chronological areas. We have major areas of research strength in the history of Ireland, Britain, the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia. History offers supervisory expertise to students who plan to work on ancient, medieval, early modern or modern/contemporary history. Modules are designed in a complementary fashion in order to develop the range of skills that employers expect from graduates from the best-designed postgraduate taught programmes.
The MA History programme at Queen’s 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, Public 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 of 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.
History at Queen’s is ranked in the top 150 History Schools worldwide (according to the QS World University Rankings 2017) and our international reputation is enhanced by the work of our highly respected team of academics.
The School is a world-leading centre for innovative and dynamic historical research. In the 2014 UK assessment of research (REF), History at Queen’s was ranked in the top 20 departments for research.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Modules focus on cutting-edge staff collaboration on emerging research themes with renowned experts in their field.
The School has a rich research culture and postgraduate community. Postgraduate students host regular graduate-led seminars, colloquia and conferences. Students engage closely with research activities and events run by the Centre for Public History at Queen’s. 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 including practitioner-led workshops Field trips to Europe Rich research culture and postgraduate community Involvement in the Centre for Public History at Queen’s Involvement in the Institute of Irish Studies Involvement in QUOTE (Queen’s University Oral history, Technology and Ethics) Hub.
A placement option is available for MA History students, offering the opportunity to engage with practitioners from museums, media, heritage sites and leading historic visitor attractions and to benefit from the hands-on experience of working in a public history context.
Studying MA History at Queen’s offers a unique insight into many of the key issues relating to contested histories, cultural memory, commemoration, identity, and community history in a very real and meaningful way, and to gain a first-hand understanding of the relationship between public history, heritage, policy, and the consumption of history at a local, national and international level.