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History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner. The study of history helps everyone understand why human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although history is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.
A student with a Master’s degree in history will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to explain past changes. History studies offer flexibility, help students develop good analytical skills, the capacity to identify, analyse and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills.
All the attributes above are vital, especially for students with a Bachelor’s degree in history, who can find employment as historic buildings/conservation officers, museum/gallery curators, archaeologists, broadcast journalists or academic librarians. Read more View all PhDs in History