Master of History

As a critical engagement with the past, history sharpens judgements, expands perspectives and feeds curiosity. History finds connections in experience across time and place; it also confronts us with the need to understand the unfamiliar. Most of all, history is concerned with the skills of inquiry and argument and assists us to shape and present a view of the world. History takes in all aspects of human experience.

History courses offered in the School of History explore that experience, and encourage you to ask questions which lead to an understanding of past and present societies.

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.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

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Further studies

Master of History (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification.

Career opportunities

History graduates work in diverse contexts, including journalism, heritage, and the public service – whether at cultural institutions, such as the National Museum of Australia, or within government agencies, including the National Archives. The MHIST allows educators, particularly secondary school teachers, additional training in the discipline and to enhance their careers. The Advanced program also prepares those wanting to progress to a PhD in History.

Professional outcomes

Along with advanced technical skills, after studying history or culture at ANU, you’ll gain a sound ability to review, analyse, and synthesise historical and cultural materials, which can be applied across varied fields. You’ll also develop critical thinking and communication skills, particularly in explaining complex ideas to a non-specialist audience. The MHIST equips students with skills in research, critical analysis, and communication. Graduates will be able to identify and evaluate diverse sources of information; reach a historically contextualised assessment of these sources; articulate that assessment in written and oral forms.
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