single degree

Master of History

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MHIT
  • Post Nominal MHist
  • CRICOS code 108325D
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • History
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MHIT
  • Post Nominal MHist
  • CRICOS code 108325D
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • History
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of History requires the completion of 48 units which must consist of:

12 units from the completion of the following research courses:

HIST8024 Seminar in Advanced Historiography

HIST8037 Seminar in Advanced Historical Research

A minimum of 24 units from the completion of history course from the following list:

HIST8011 Biography and History

HIST8014 Sites of Memory: The Uses of History

HIST8015 Colonial Australia in an Imperial World

HIST8016 Colonial Encounters

HIST8021 Readings in History

HIST8023 Body and Society in Early Modern England, c. 1500–1800

HIST8026 Nation and Memory: The Purposes and Politics of Remembrance

HIST8030 Decolonising History? Indigenous Perspectives, Deep History, and Postcolonial Challenges

HIST8040 Debating ANZAC

HIST8045 Disasters: Aftermath and Legacy

HIST8228 The Enlightenment and its Critics: 1700 to the Present

HIST8234 Seminar in Public History

A maximum of 12 units from completion of disciplinary courses from the following list:

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing critical perspectives

ASIA8512 Supervised Project in Asia-Pacific Studies

CLAS8008 Topics in Classics

CLAS8022 Classics Now!

HUMN8030 Digital Humanities and Public Culture Research Project

HUMN8038 Oral History and Heritage Practice and Theory

Capstone Courses


Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent AND a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4/7

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English Language proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

  • a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
  • demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

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:

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.

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:

Cognate Disciplines

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

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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.

The Master of History may be completed on campus, with many courses also being available online. Note that student visa holders [subclass 500] cannot study more than one-third of this program online.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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

  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.
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