Queen’s University Belfast is one of the twenty research-led universities in the UK's Russell Group, and is one of the leading centres for historical and anthropological research on the island of Ireland. In 2011 History was ranked in the top 100 departments globally by the QS World University Rankings.
The School has particular research strengths in Social Anthropology, Irish history, the history of Britain, in ancient and medieval history, and in the history of the American South, the history of religion and has specialists in a range of other research fields. There is a large postgraduate body and a lively research culture featuring a range of weekly seminars. Research and research training is given a high priority and is supported by the University's Postgraduate Office.
Our Postgraduate taught courses were rated well above the UK average for quality of student experience the 2011 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.
We offer the following Masters Programmes:
The MA/MRes programmes are designed to develop research skills and understanding of the theory of history/anthropology and deepen your knowledge of your relevant field . You will have the opportunity to write an extensive research dissertation of 20,000 words (30,000 for the MRes), using a range of primary sources and supervised by academic staff linked to your chosen MA/MRes pathway. The MA can be regarded either as an end in itself, culminating in the distinction of having obtained a postgraduate degree in History, or as a stepping stone to the higher research degree of PhD. The MRes is intended to be a stand-alone research project, ideally leading to a publication.
All MAs and the MRes may be undertaken either full time over 12 months (beginning in late September of each year); or part-time over 31 months, finishing in May of the third year.