Program Introduction

The MA Public History at UCL was established in 2022 and admits up to 24 students each year. It combines cutting-edge, research-led knowledge of the way history is produced and engaged with in public contexts, with training in the practices through which public historical understanding is created and communicated. It focuses on public history as a global phenomenon, and one that stretches from the ancient world to the near present. Students will benefit from UCL’s experience working with local communities and from the university’s own role as a public history provider. They will work with internationally-recognized practitioners in the fields of oral history, film and radio, exhibition curation, digital history and heritage-making.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in Public History

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Film/Video
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements

180 credits

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty


Financial Aid Available

The Baxendale Charitable Trust offers 6 MA scholarships of £12,900, redeemable against the cost of tuition.

The Jean Orr scholarship is awarded to 1 MA student studying History, French, Italian, or Dutch.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Community & Institutional Connections

Newham Heritage

East End Women’s Museum

UCL Culture (including Petrie Museum, UCL Art Museum, Grant Museums of Zoology, Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio)

UCL Special Collections

UCL Urban Room and Memory Workshop

UCL Culture Lab

UCL Ethnography Collections

Hardy Pictures

PastPorte (immersive audio, games and exhibits)