single degree

Master of History

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of History requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

96 units must come from 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses

A minimum of 48 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following introductory courses:

ANCH6013 Ancient World in Film
ANCH6026 Rome: After Empire (Europe 400–800 AD)
ANCH6101 Cultures in conflict: Greeks, Romans and others in southern Italy and Sicily
ANCH6102 State, sanctuary and community: archaeology of settlement and memory in ancient Greece    
ANCH6103 Ancient Athens: democracy and empire
ANCH6104 Rome: Republic to Empire
ANCH6501 Travellers and Geographers in Antiquity
ANCH6502 Bad neighbours: evidence of Athenian life from 4th century law-court speeches
ANCH6505 A region in antiquity: Gallipoli and western Turkey
ANCH6506 Dark Age to democracy: early Greek history, 1000-480 BC
HIST6022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
HIST6121 Electric Citizens: The Rise of the Modern Media in the United States, 1865-2000
HIST6126 American Sixties
HIST6128 Convicts and Emigrants: Australia, 1770s to 1870s
HIST6133 Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950
HIST6136 World At War, 1939-1945
HIST6205 Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1492-1776
HIST6213 Real Men: Manhood and Identity in the Western World
HIST6214 The Great War, 1914-1919
HIST6221 The Birth of Modernity: Britain 1688-1848
HIST6223 The French Revolution and Napoleon 
HIST6228 Enlightenment Worlds
HIST6229 Sexuality in Australian History
HIST6232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas
HIST6233 How the Camera Changed History: A century of photography and cinema
HIST6234 The Reach of History: Presenting the past in the public domain
HIST6235 Exploration: Columbus to the Moon
HIST6236 Debating Anzac
HIST6237 Digital History, Digital Heritage
HIST6238 Rock, Sex and War: Australia's 1960s - 1970s
HIST6240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945
HIST6242 The Soviet Union: From the Russian Revolution to the Collapse of Communism
HIST6243 Vikings, Crusades, Mongols: Shaping Medieval Europe c.850–1300 
HIST6244 Legends and Life Stories: Australia Since 1788
HIST6509 Tudor-Stuart England c.1485-1714: Politics, Society, Culture 
HUMN6001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects
HUMN6002 Gutenberg to Google: Histories of Information
HUMN6003 Digital Humanities: Methods and Practices

24 units from completion of the following disciplinary courses:

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives
ASIA8512 Supervised Project in Asia-Pacific Studies
CLAS8002 Graduate Reading Course A
CLAS8008 Readings in Classics
HIST8011 Biography and History
HIST8015 Colonial Australia in an Imperial World
HIST8016 Settler Societies and Indigenous Encounters
HIST8021 Readings in History
HIST8023 History Incorporated: Early Modern Bodies, 1550-1750
HIST8026 Nazism: The Politics and Practices of Memory
HUMN8009 Biography and Society
HUMN8030 Digital Humanities and Public Culture Research Project
HUMN8038 Oral History and Heritage Practice and Theory

12 units from completion of research training courses from the following list:

CLAS8019 Classics Methods and Evidence
HIST6110 Approaches to History
HIST8024 Seminar in Advanced Historiography

12 units from completion of HIST8027 Seminar in Advanced Historical Research 

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Introductory course 6 units Introductory course 6 units Introductory course 6 units Introductory course 6 units
HIST8027 Seminar in Advanced Historical Research 12 units - Disciplinary Course 6 units Research Training Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Disciplinary Course 6 units Research Training Course 6 units
ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

Ancient History, Archaeology, History, Journalism, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Social Sciences

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

With internationally renowned teaching staff, and surrounded by national cultural institutions, ANU is a historian’s dream.

Studying history at ANU you can draw upon our prize-winning teaching and research in Australian, North American, ancient, early modern and modern European, and British history, and the expertise of our leading centres for Indigenous history, environmental history, and biography.

The resources of the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia are also all at your fingertips.

The Master of History provides the theoretical grounding and practical skills you need for the advanced study of history, plus the opportunity to tailor a program according to your interests. If you’re a secondary school teacher, you are able to focus on areas in the national curriculum for history.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

A Master of History will advance your career in government, industry, finance, politics, public relations, the services sector, teaching, the arts or in any profession requiring good management of diverse information, analytical and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Review, analyse, and synthesise historical materials, knowledge and theory;
  2. Exercise critical thinking in historical theory while developing understanding of historical interpretations and debates;
  3. Learn the technical skills needed to undertake independent historical research;
  4. Present a clear and coherent exposition of historical ideas and materials to a variety of audiences, and
  5. Undertake an independent research project.

Further Information

  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
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