Master of History

Why study the Master of History at UNE?

The Master of History covers three distinct areas: discipline knowledge, a choice of area studies and writing history. The MHist suits students coming to the study of history for the first time as well as those who want to extend their knowledge in particular areas or upgrade their professional qualifications. The area studies cover both Ancient and Modern History, including Ancient Greece and Rome, the Ancient Near East, Early Modern and Medieval History, American History, Australian History, Asian History, European History and Public History. The course progresses from exploring the nature of history as a discipline through to specialised studies of historical periods and problems, and it ends with the opportunity to undertake substantial historical research projects including writing for publication.

Career Opportunities

This course offers higher-level writing and research skills development. Moreover, it encourages critical thinking and analytical skills development as well, all of which will be useful in a range of professions especially journalism and media work, public relations, policy development, government and administration. Many of our graduates will wish to work as consulting historians or to continue in the teaching profession.

Those not wishing to pursue career paths but studying History out of interest will find the concentrated study of history at this higher level personally rewarding which may lead to the writing of History for pleasure and profit.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2015 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MHist
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 96
Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold:

(a) an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a discipline other than History; or

(b) an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in History or relevant cognate discipline such as Ancient History, Archaeology or English; or

(c) an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours or AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in History or relevant cognate discipline.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except for an approved articulation in the course).

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 48 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the university and approved for the course.

Candidates who have completed ANCH401H or HIST401H will be granted advanced standing for HIST595.

No advanced standing will be granted for HUMS507 and HUMS508.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold:
(a) an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a discipline other than History; or
(b) an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification with a major in History or relevant cognate discipline such as Ancient History, Archaeology or English; or
(c) an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours or AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in History or relevant cognate discipline.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except for an approved articulation in the course).
The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 48 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the university and approved for the course.
Candidates who have completed ANCH401H or HIST401H will be granted advanced standing for HIST595.
No advanced standing will be granted for HUMS507 and HUMS508.
Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Candidates admitted under Rule(b) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.
Candidates admitted under Rule(c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (c), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including a minimum of 60 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a):
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 36-48 cps
Listed Units 48-60 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b):
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 12-24 cps
Listed Units 48-60 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c):
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 12-24 cps
Listed Units 24-36 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of History.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Student Appeals.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

This course covers three distinct areas: discipline knowledge, a choice of area studies and writing history. It suits those students coming to the study of history for the first time as well as those who want to extend their knowledge or upgrade their professional qualifications. Covering Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, the course aims to explore the nature of history as a discipline through specialised studies of historical periods and problems. It concludes with the opportunity to undertake substantial historical research projects including writing for publication.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit and apply an advanced body of historical knowledge across a range of periods and themes, and understand the nature and development of historical inquiry and thought from ancient times to the most recent developments of the modern age;
  2. understand and apply the various principles and methods used in historical inquiry and practice, including the evaluation, synthesising, interpretation and application of both historical evidence and historical thinking;
  3. apply higher-level writing and communication skills, as well as an advanced level of creative and theoretical thinking;
  4. apply the range of critical, reflective and technical skills used by historians to a range of public and professional areas such as journalism, media work, public relations, policy development, government and administration; and
  5. demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge of research principles and methods, and themes applicable to the discipline.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have advanced knowledge of history, historical thought and historiography. This is taught through unit materials, online discussions, guided readings, and directed learning activities. It is assessed through different forms of assessment appropriate to the history discipline such as the written and extended research essay.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have advanced skills to communicate and substantiate the results of historical thinking and research in a variety of written and multi-media formats. These skills are taught through written and oral feedback on assessment tasks and through online participation and engagement, both with academic staff and their peers and assessed through a range of different types of assignments.

Global Perspectives

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to explore and evaluate developments in both Ancient and Modern history in an international context and to gain an appreciation of the ways in which a range of historical movements and concepts are influenced by national and international events and have done so through time. They also have a deep awareness of historiographical models and methodologies that adopt transnational and multicultural approaches as a way to understand historical concepts and issues.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have a wide range of higher-level research skills utilised by historians such as locating, collecting, referencing and evaluating relevant sources, both primary and secondary, including the skills to assess different types of historical information, identify the most useful sources and critically examine the evidence they offer.

Life-Long Learning

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to continue to research, evaluate, discuss and present historical issues in a variety of professional and community settings.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have a deep knowledge of key problem-solving strategies and interrogations used in history and will be able to expertly apply this knowledge to develop their own responses to particular problems in different environments and on different topics and issues. This is taught, assessed and practised through a detailed analysis of a variety of historical and historiographical problems, as well as through online discussions between academic staff and their peers, and through written and multi-media assessment tasks.

Social Responsibility

Graduates will have an advanced understanding of their professional responsibilities as historians to provide balanced and accurate research; their social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'; their ethical responsibilities towards the people and organisations whose histories they research and presen. They will also be taught about the value of historical knowledge and its value to contemporary life.

Team Work

Graduates will have in-depth knowledge of the ways in which historians are increasingly working collaboratively together on projects in community settings and of the impact of historians and teamwork with communities, families, government, corporate and voluntary organisations. This involves combining an understanding of social responsibility with the skills of teamwork. These skills and knowledge are practised through requiring students to work collaboratively and network effectively to solve problems and present results. This is achieved through the online discussions and the sharing of information and findings and developing a historical collegiality. In this environment students are required to take the initiative as well as assert their own values and opinions while respecting the values and contributions of others.

How to Apply

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