Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies


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Spend the next year innovating and developing ideas set to change the future

When you study one of our Masters degrees, you’ll have the platform to build on your undergraduate studies and gain an advanced education.

You can choose from a range of Masters degrees and an exciting selection of modules which allow you to dive deeper into different topics that ignite your curiosity. If you're hoping to work in a particular area after you graduate, you can build your degree to focus on a specific pathway, for example, public history, environmental philosophy, or social change.

You'll be taught by expert academics who actively carry out research in their fields of expertise. Your postgraduate lecturers also engage audiences beyond academia as a community of current affairs commentators, presenters, policy advisers, and museum consultants who ensure what you learn is relevant and reflects the world we live in.

Our Masters courses are taught on our Colchester Campus, which is nestled centrally in an area of historical importance, famously known as the oldest recorded city in Britain. Our surrounding area of the Colchester campus is an art and history hub, with close transport links to London, and access to many local facilities such as Firstsite Gallery. As a Masters student, you'll also benefit from our community connections and links with local organisations.

If you're ready to get started, you can browse postgraduate courses by subject area, or see a list of all courses in our School. We'd recommend signing up to our newsletter for our latest insights and advice, and browsing our how to apply pages for more information on taking your next steps.


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MA Environment, Society, and Culture MA War, Culture, and Society MA Social and Political Thought MA Heritage and Museum Studies MA History, Power, and Identity MA Western Marxism and Translation MA Curating MA History MA Philosophy MA Art History
MA Environment, Society, and Culture
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  • 91% of our postgraduate graduates are in highly skilled employment (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
  • Top 150 for Philosophy in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 91% of our Department of History UG graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)

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Meet your subject leads below and get to know more about the people who'll be shaping your postgraduate education.

Art History

Enhancing your education

You'll have opportunities to get involved in activities within our Research Centres, and have access to special art and library collections including an on-site gallery called Art Exchange. Throughout the year, we run events and seminar series inviting external speakers to provide engaging sessions on research, career advice and other topics that will be extremely valuable to you.

Fees and funding

Explore Masters fees, and look through our range of scholarships and bursaries to help fund your further study at Essex.

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