Course options

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Course summary

This programme aims to allow students who have a clearly-defined research project and good research skills to develop advanced knowledge in a particular field, without studying for the more extended degree of MPhil/PhD. The MA by Research in History takes the form of supervised individual research, providing the chance to complete a dissertation. Members of staff in the School of History & Heritage aim to provide you with the academic support to conduct in-depth research into the topic that interests you. Example areas of research expertise in the School include medieval history and modern British history. You will join a vibrant academic community with regular research seminars, such as the History & Heritage seminar series.


For the most up to date module information, please visit the course page for this programme on our website. Some programmes provide you with the opportunity to focus your study in a particular area through optional modules. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of some optional modules to some students. As the options often reflect staff research interests, they may alter over time due to staff availability.

Assessment method

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of an 80,000 word thesis. A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Entry requirements

Relevant Master’s degree. Students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4688 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4688 Year 1
Scotland £4688 Year 1
Wales £4688 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission. Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable. All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment. A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Sponsorship information

Please refer to the following website pages for further details -

History at University of Lincoln - UCAS