Postgraduate Students


The range of specialisms across the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and its related centres is reflected in the broad scope of option courses and dissertation topics available on the programme.

Core courses

You will take two compulsory courses, which will provide a general introduction to graduate study in history and give you the opportunity to develop your research skills. 

The compulsory courses for this programme are:

Option courses

You will choose a further four courses from a wide selection on offer.

We aim to offer in the region of 8-10 option courses each academic year. Our courses change from year to year and generally rotate on a two to three year cycle. This gives part-time students wider access to our full range of options across the duration of their studies. Option courses previously offered include those listed below.  Option courses change from year to year and those available when you start your studies may be different from those shown in the list.


Option Courses 2024-2025

* * Please note that the list of courses below is provisional and subject to change.  

In addition to the above History courses, students enrolled on the MSc in History (online) can take up to two courses from the MSc Ancient Worlds (Archaeology and Classics) (Online Learning).  A list of their courses can be found on the Ancient Worlds courses page.


Previous Option Courses

We hope to be able to run some of these courses again in the coming years.

Further information

You can see more details about the 2024/25 programme structure on the Degree Programme Table for the online MSc in History. 

We have also compiled a summer reading list should you be interested in get ahead of your studies.