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Join us for a journey of discovery, guided by our leading scholars. Our MA History covers early modern history through to the new millennium, whilst the MRes Medieval Studies delivered by the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies explores the Middles Ages.

Why choose Reading?

Our modules cover a vast geographical area including Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia, and explore a range of subjects from magic, witchcraft and heresy, to fascism and communism, to gender and culture, to politics and colonialism.

As a master’s student, you’ll work in an interdisciplinary environment that connects you with other departments across the University as well as organisations including the Museum of English Rural Life, Historic England, the National Trust, the British Library, the Houses of Parliament and the Wellcome Trust.

We are proud to hold unique resources of international significance, all of which are available for your use and to enhance your learning. We encourage a collections-based approach to studying, and actively teach students how to use these resources to bring their research to life. We also have a dedicated postgraduate room where our master’s and doctoral students work together, exchange ideas, and support one another.

Many of our graduates pursue careers in teaching, archiving, museums, government, and the heritage and conservation sector. Others move into doctoral research, or take our optional Public History and Public Engagement pathway to gain the practical and theoretical experience needed to work in the heritage or media sectors.

Our master’s programmes

MA History:
Tailor your master’s in history to your individual needs through our range of optional modules and individual research projects. You’ll investigate the application of computational technologies to the arts, humanities and cultural heritage and focus on building your own research network and engagement in social media.

MRes Medieval Studies:
Access our medieval objects and manuscripts as well as training in key skills with this master’s programme delivered by the prestigious Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies. You’ll complete individual research as well as field visits, and if you choose to pursue PhD research, we’ll assist you with your funding applications.


Students can apply for a partial scholarship.

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