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Humanities MA

Humanities MA allows you to design and pursue your own personal study programme at master’s level, while being supported and supervised by leading national and international scholars and researchers.


Reasons to study Humanities MA at DMU:

  • You can exercise choice and control over the aims of your course, the content and context of your studies as well as the criteria against which your achievement is assessed
  • You can choose an extensive choice of specialisms and areas of study
  • You will learn from expert staff with a wide range of specialisms who will support you as you expand your knowledge of your chosen specialism
  • You will have benefit from top-class facilities, working in a dedicated centre with access to a range of workshops and a host of specialist equipment
  • You will work alongside a multi-disciplinary, international and passionate graduate community, all willing to share ideas and solutions
  • DMU postgraduates command an average salary of £41,129* within six months of completing their qualification
  • You can progress to studying for a PhD
  • DMU and five other Midlands universities have secured a £14.6 million grant to train the next generation of arts and humanities researchers. The Midlands Three Cities Consortium is a doctoral training partnership that brings together six universities in the cities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham

* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013/14 (Employability Performance Indicator)

There are a wide range of subject areas to choose from, and you can create a programme of study which is interdisciplinary and unique to your specialist interest or skills. The programme also allows you to be supervised by leading national and international scholars, researchers and practitioners drawn from the unique breadth of specialist areas available in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities. 


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

English Language Teaching MA
Photographic History MA
Sports History and Culture MA

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2016

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £4,750 (full-time), £2,375 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2016

Fees and funding: International: £12,200 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree. If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

As you will be working largely independently, you need to be self-motivated and have good time management skills

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Areas of study

Teaching and assessments




With a wide range of specialisms to choose from, you can create a programme of study that is both interdisciplinary and tailored to your specialist interests or skills. The range of specialisms that we offer on the Humanities MA includes:

  • English literature
  • English language
  • Creative writing
  • Adaptations
  • History
  • History of sport and culture
  • Photographic history
  • English as a foreign language
  • English language teaching 



You can exit the programme early with a postgraduate certificate once you have completed 60 credits or with a postgraduate diploma once you have completed 120 credits.

The shortest period of study for the master’s award is one year full-time. As you can negotiate assessment tasks and methods within your learning contract,  assessment can be as varied as you want it to be.

All students must complete a Research Methodology module at the beginning of the course and, to achieve the master’s award, must also undertake a Major Project, Dissertation or a Work Placement at the end of the course.

Contact hours
On the Humanities MA your programme of study is determined by you as the student, as the programme seeks to build on and develop the capacity for self-directed, autonomous study. Full-time students will normally study independently for up to 35 hours a week, which will include meetings with your mentor.  As part of your learning contract you may also take up to 90 credits of taught module options within this time, which will reduce the number of hours spent in independent study. 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.



Facilities and features


The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Art, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate careers

An MA is highly respected by employers. Students who have completed the Humanities MA have gone into a range of careers, including teaching, marketing and PhD research

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.


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