The M.A. Degree

The Department offers the MA degree by coursework in the following areas:

- Historical Methodology
- African Studies
- Caribbean History
- Heritage Studies

The main objective of the MA Degree Programme is to offer specialized training in the nature and practice of the discipline teachers in the higher levels of the secondary schools. It is conceived as a one-year programme of full-time study, but for the time being, is offered as a part-time programme spread over two years.


  1. Applicants must meet the general requirements for higher degrees as set out by the Regulations of the University, Faculty of Humanities and Education, and the Department of History & Philosophy, as approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and Research.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is normally a Lower Second Class Honours degree or higher. Applicants should have obtained a B average in at least four history courses at Level II/ III at the Undergraduate level.
  3. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements, may in exceptional circumstances be admitted on passing a Qualifying Examination.


Candidates registered on a full-time basis will be expected to complete their degree in one year. Candidates registered part-time will be expected to complete their degree in two years. At present the MA is offered only on a part-time basis over two academic years.


To obtain the MA degree:
  • Students must complete six(6) semester-long courses.
  • All students must complete a Research Paper between 10,000 and 15,000 words (exclusive of bibliography and notes), on a topic within their area of specialisation and approved by the Department.



To qualify for the award of the degree, candidates must pass all courses and the research paper with at least a B grade. Students who fail the research paper and one of the courses will be deemed to have failed the whole programme and will not be eligible for a re-sit or for re-submission of the research.

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