Course Comparison

MA History PhD History
Master of Arts - MA Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
1 year Full time: 3-4 years Part time: 4-6 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time, Part-time route available
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Society and Culture School of Society and Culture
Entry requirements
An honours degree in history or a related subject, or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a degree. 
Or an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field. References from previous university, employer or similar
If you possess overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with Ecctis, who provide an advisory service.
International students: IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element). English language requirements . We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 
Masters degree or equivalent from a UK higher education institution in a relevant subject. Students who are making exceptional progress in a ResM programme, may progress directly into our PhD programme without having to complete the masters. 
Applicants normally have to supply a research proposal, personal statement, and occasionally evidence that they are prepared to undertake the proposed project. This may include a portfolio, or a sample of critical writing, depending on their area of study.
Other UK or overseas qualifications may also be accepted – with academic reference
For more general guidelines and application requirements, please visit the research degrees applicants page.