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Frequently Asked Questions - MA

1. How do I apply for an MA?FAQ

2. How long does an MA take?

3. Is it possible to study for an MA on a part-time basis?

4. What supporting documents do I need to provide?

5. What are the entry requirements for an MA?

6. What if I don’t know yet what my exam results for my BA?

7. Do I need to have a fully developed research proposal for an MA? What if I don’t know yet what I want to focus on in my dissertation?

8. What information should I include in my Personal Statement?

9. What is the difference between a taught MA and a research MA?

10. Would a MA by Research be a better preparation if I would like to continue onto the PhD programme?

11. How much money do I need for an MA?

12. Can I live on campus?

13. Can I apply for funding for an MA?

14. Is financial support for PG study available from the UK Government?

15. Can I do an MA even if I don’t know that I want to continue for a PhD?

16. How soon can I start the application process?

17. What is the latest I can still apply for an MA?

18. How soon after applying will I know whether I have been accepted?

19. Can I apply for an MA at more than one place at the same time?

20. Is it possible to switch MA once I have been accepted onto the MA programme?

21. Would it be appropriate to contact the members of staff in History about my wish to study for an MA?

22. Who decides whether I get accepted onto an MA programme?

23. Is there a limited number of places on the programme?

24. I have not been a student for many years, can I still apply?

25. I have not been in an academic environment for many years. How do I find academic referees?

26. I am an overseas student. Is the process the same for me?

1. Details about applications can be found on the University Admissions pages. There is an online application, initially dealt with by the Postgraduate Admissions Team. For Taught MA programmes there is a small application fee to pay.

The application form will then be forwarded to the Department for a decision.

2. A taught MA normally takes twelve months to complete. Starting in October, you will have two terms of lectures and seminars in the autumn and spring, followed by a final 6 months' intensive work on your dissertation, which will be submitted in early September. If all goes well, you would be able to attend the Graduation ceremony in the January fifteen months after you started.

3. Yes, a number of our students each year enrol on a part-time basis. They decide on a pathway with the PGT Director, usually completing some of the taught programme during their first year, and completing the dissertation during their second year.

4. You will need to fill in the online form found via PG Admissions and provide the following documents:

You can find more information about the supporting documents you need to provide as part of your application here.

5. Requirements are:

  • 2:1 or above Hons degree in a History or a closely related discipline
  • One satisfactory academic reference
  • Academic transcripts or interim transcripts
  • For English Language requirements please see Admissions Requirements
  • Academic CV
  • One-page personal statement

Please be advised, many of our students do come from undergraduate history or history-related disciplines, but an undergraduate degree in history is not an inflexible requirement for our MA programmes. We will consider each application on a case by case basis.

6. You can apply during your third year of undergraduate study. Most students will not know yet at that stage what their degree classification will be. The application form does not require you to fill this in.

7. You do not need a fully developed plan. You may have some ideas, and you may even have discussed your ideas with a possible MA dissertation supervisor, but in general, students begin their MA programmes with a general, rather than specific, MA dissertation plan. By the end of your first month of study, you will nominate and be assigned a MA dissertation supervisor, with whom you will work closely to develop a dissertation plan.

8. A taught MA involves a variety of modules taught in small groups, as well as a 15,000-word dissertation. Students will be allocated a supervisor during the Autumn Term (Term 1) and will work on their dissertation throughout the course. A MA by Research has no formal classes or assessed coursework (though we expect MA by Research students to attend the lectures of the TSM module), and requires a 40,000-word dissertation written under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

. MA candidates should provide personal statements of around 500-1000 words which outline their reasons/motivation for applying, what they found particularly stimulating in their BA studies, and any research interests they may have already developed and would like to pursue further at MA level. This will be more than enough for the course selectors to make a decision about admission and funding. You can find more information here.

10. No. We would strongly recommend that you take the taught MA programme, as we consider that the best training for the PhD research, especially the Theory, Skill and Method element of the course.

11. The fees change on a year by year basis, but you can find information on fees for the current academic year here (the Department of History is part of the Arts Faculty). You will also need funds to pay for accommodation and subsistence.

12. Yes, it is possible, but there is only a limited amount of space for graduate students. The sooner you apply to the Accommodation Office, the better, and you will need your university ID number to apply. Details of on-campus accommodation available for postgraduate students are at

You may also like to investigate the option of serving as a residential tutor.

13. Yes, there is some funding available. The majority of our students, unfortunately, do not receive funding, but there are a small number of scholarships and bursaries available. See our information pages and the Doctoral College funding information page for details of available funding for the MA study.

14. Candidates applying for October 2019 admission to a UK taught Masters course are eligible to apply for a Government loan of up to £10,608. Details of eligibility criteria, the application procedure and repayment terms are available here.

15. Yes, many of our students take an MA as a goal in itself, and do not continue on the PhD programme. That said, we are very interested to hear from you if you are considering continuing for a PhD, and we will do what we can to support your research interests.

16. New applications open around October of the year before commencing the course e.g. October 2020 for October 2021 entry, and you can begin to apply soon after that. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but if you are interested in applying for funding, please ensure that you apply as soon as possible, by mid-January 2022.

Please be advised that applications for taught MA's have increased significantly and early applications are advised.

17. Technically, you can still apply in August and start in October immediately but this is subject to availability on your chosen course. Where courses are full, a waiting list system will take effect.

18. The department will normally make a decision within 8 weeks of receipt of your application from the Admissions Team, although in some cases it may take longer. If you are successful, you will receive an official offer letter from our admissions team shortly thereafter.

19. Yes, you can. There is technically no limit to the number of MA programmes you can apply for. We hope, of course, that your application is serious, and that you will choose to come to Warwick!

20. It is possible to transfer from one MA to another, though it may not always be possible to do this after the course of study has started.

21. Certainly! We welcome enquiries from all students about MA study. Feel free to contact any member of staff (see the staff webpages for their contact details). The Postgraduate Coordinator may also be able to help with your enquiries.

22. The PGT Director decides on whether your application can be accepted.

23. Not on the Taught MA itself but we do have to consider the Theory, Skill and Method element of the course and there are therefore limits to how many Taught MA students we offer places to. For MPhil/PhD we anticipate being able to offer places to all qualified applicants.

24. Yes! We have many students who come to Warwick from different walks of life, and if you think MA study is for you, we would encourage you to apply!

25. Ideally, you should find two academics who have seen your work. If that is not possible, it would be best to get in touch with the Admission Team, see Supporting Documentation for further information.

26. As far as we are concerned, we deal with all applicants in exactly the same way. If English is not your first language, please take into consideration this information on English Language Requirements.