Study at IPUP

MA in Public History

The MA in Public History is offered through the History Department. See their website for details of how to apply.

The MA in Public History offers students cutting edge interdisciplinary academic training together with exciting opportunities for hands-on experience in the cultural sphere through a placement in the heritage sector. The programme is designed to give students an understanding of the critical issues in public history and to analyse the variety of changing ways that the public engage with the past through not only traditional media, but also new digital and rich media products. The core modules are taught by practitioners and members of the Department of History. All students can also take an assessed placement with a heritage organisation in the Spring Term.

The MA’s first intake was in 2012-13 so we have few graduation statistics however some graduates are already progressing in history/heritage related careers or in PhDs.

Visit the MA in Public History page on the History Department's Website.

Public History MA Placements

Thank you for all the hard work you put in last year, I enjoyed the course so much and it's given me a wonderfully broad set of skills and knowledge for the future. While I look for full time work, I have started volunteering at the Tower of London, conducting visitor survey and evaluation, and at Sutton House, a National Trust property in Hackney, and the course is proving quite a talking point with the museum professionals I am working with.

Joanna Bradley, Alumnus of the MA in Public History

Students taking the Public History MA have found placements on projects run by our industry partners: the Borthwick Institute for Archives, Castle Howard, the Castle Museum (York Museums Trust), Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, the City of York Council - Mansion House, Conversion Narratives - Hardwick Hall (AHRC project), England's Immigrants 1330-1550 (AHRC project), Fairfax House, the Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, Goddards (National Trust), The Library of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, the National Archives (Kew), the National Railway Museum, the Rowntree Society, York Archaeological Trust, York Minster and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. Follow this link to see details of the MA Placement Module.

IPUP Public Lectures

Running in the Spring Term, this series of public lectures will offer you a taste of what is involved - most of the speakers are leading museum and public history practitioners who also teach on the degree. Find out more about IPUP Public Lectures. 

IPUP Student Internships

These are short, part-time internships intended for graduate students registered at the University of York. They provide an opportunity to develop your skills, experience and CVs in various different employment contexts. Find out more about our current and past Internships.‌