Program Introduction

Royal Holloway’s MA in Public History was launched in 2009 and is the most well-established programme of its kind in the United Kingdom, attracting applicants from across the world. This degree offers a unique qualification for those who hope to forge a career in the public history sector, working at a heritage site, in a museum, or in film, television or print journalism. Through a variety of highly engaging modules, students are trained in the professional skills of historical interpretation and communication and provided with opportunities to meet leading practitioners in the field based in or near London, including popular historians, museum curators, public archivists, publishers and TV and radio producers.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in Public History

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History
  • Publishing
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty


Financial Aid Available

We offer a wide range of postgraduate scholarships to help with funding your studies. We especially encourage eligible applicants to apply for the Brian Harris scholarship, which includes full tuition fee reduction plus £14,800 research, living and travel costs for UK students.

Deadline To Apply

June 15

Job Placement Assistance

Each year, our students benefit from placement and internship opportunities and make contacts that they can draw on when seeking positions after leaving the programme. Many of our graduates have gone on to establish rewarding careers in the heritage and public history sectors.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

• Imperial War Museum
• National Archives (UK)
• Heritage Lottery Fund
• Wide range of local museums, heritage sites, & archives