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Postgraduate Degrees in History

With a mixture of young and internationally recognised researchers, the Department combines a stimulating environment with high-quality research across a range of periods and themes, offering opportunities for postgraduate study at Masters and doctoral level.

Masters degrees

The Department offers a range of full-time and part-time MA degrees in History that reflects its research strengths and cover a wide range of historical periods from the early Medieval period to the present. In addition to the dedicated MA in Welsh History, our Masters provision covers the histories of Britain, Europe and Asia.

Our flexible MA schemes are tailored to meet the specialist needs of students and a number of pathways are available through these schemes, which allow you to specialise further in fields such as French History, German History, Early Modern History, Asian History or Medical History. 


All our MA programmes are designed to provide structured training in research skills and methods, and a choice of taught thematic and research-led modules which enable your to explore your interests in depth. Teaching is through a combination of small-group seminars, tutorials and supervised research. Assessment is mainly by coursework and portfolios, with exams for language modules.

Masters and Careers

A particular strength of the Cardiff Masters programmes in History is the preparation it provides for students wishing to pursue further postgraduate research and non-historical careers. In addition to helping you obtain a detailed and critical historical knowledge as well as the skills needed to undertake historical research in your particular field, the Cardiff MA offers you the chance to acquire and perfect valuable skills critical to careers in many different fields.

Research Degrees

Department offers opportunities for full-time and part-time postgraduate study at MPhil and doctoral level:



Students are supervised by internationally renowned scholars and enjoy the benefits of joining a well-supported and lively research environment with excellent facilities.


Postgraduate Study in the Department

The Department has dedicated facilities for postgraduate study and has an active programme of research seminars, to which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and give papers. 


It has an active research culture and is closely involved with a number of interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, Cardiff Centre for the Crusades, Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination (CISSMI) Research Group, and the Cardiff Centre for Modern German History, and has developed links with other universities in Wales, the UK and Europe.


Funding Opportunities

History is one of the subject areas covered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Block Grant Partnership award to Cardiff for study at Masters and doctoral level and the School has a number of postgraduate studentships available. Further details on how to apply for these postgraduate studentships and on other scholarships and funding opportunities in the School are available on our postgraduate funding page.