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I'm currently studying my honours year in history at the University of Western Australia and I am thinking of returning to the UK after I've completed this to pursue postgraduate study back home. I've looked briefly at a few courses in the UK, but I'm interested to know what people think are the best places for an MA (and PhD) in history, especially those which have a strong focus on late 19th and 20th century Britain as that's my general area of interest.
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I'm currently studying my honours year in history at the University of Western Australia and I am thinking of returning to the UK after I've completed this to pursue postgraduate study back home. I've looked briefly at a few courses in the UK, but I'm interested to know what people think are the best places for an MA (and PhD) in history, especially those which have a strong focus on late 19th and 20th century Britain as that's my general area of interest.
With PhDs there's no best place really as it's all relative. You need to do some research to work out who in the UK is doing exactly what you want to do (which may be easier once you've started reading around your topics coz you'll have refs to go from). Think about facilities you'll have access to and training and also about funding if it's available. Your supervisor is key so make sure you choose wisely.
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I'm currently studying my honours year in history at the University of Western Australia and I am thinking of returning to the UK after I've completed this to pursue postgraduate study back home. I've looked briefly at a few courses in the UK, but I'm interested to know what people think are the best places for an MA (and PhD) in history, especially those which have a strong focus on late 19th and 20th century Britain as that's my general area of interest.
Alleycat has it right. At postgrad level you're starting to specialise and you will certainly have to develop a fine focus for a PhD. You need to understand what aspect of 19th and 20th century British history you're particularly interested in, then look for an MA which reflects that interest. You're unlikely to find a general History taught Masters - it's more likely to be something more specific.

For example at the Uni of York (random example), MAs which might interest you are Modern History, Public History, Contemporary History & International Politics or Medical History & Humanities. Each of those will have optional modules which offer some ability to tailor your studies to your own interests.
https://www.york.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/taught-ma/

Whilst it's not necessary to do your PhD at the same uni as your Masters, it's useful to have some idea of your preferences at this stage as you get a feel for which departments specialise in your interests and where you might find the most appropriate supervisors.

As a side note, bear in mind that you will probably be treated as an International student in the UK, even if you have British nationality and a British passport. This means high International tuition fees, no access to the UK Postgraduate Loan and potentially limited access to funded PhDs.
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