Are you interested in the wonderful, quirky and sometimes curious customs and traditions that have become commonplace in modern society?

Are you keen to delve deeper into where these belief systems emerged from and how they have come to influence British society today? Studying the MA in Folklore at the University of Hertfordshire will provide you with expert guidance to further develop your understanding of the way modern society has come to function through the lens of folklore.

You will get to explore an array of topics ranging from the migration of beliefs and traditions to contemporary ritual and tradition whilst supported by a team of academics who are at the forefront of folklore research in the UK.

Benefit from flexibility on the programme which allows you to really make your degree your own and research the area you are most interested in.

As the only university in England and Wales offering an MA in Folklore Studies, you will be supported by the Folklore Society. You will be given membership of the society as well as use of their library whilst studying. One of your lecturers, Professor Owen Davies, is the current President of the Folklore Society.

The University has strong links with many heritage organisations including Hertfordshire Archives, Local Studies, and the Museum of London Archaeology. These connections are sure to support you in your future career.

We also offer PhDs in Philosophy or History as well as MAs by research which will allow you to pursue a project of your own choice under the expert guidance of a designated academic supervisor.

Why choose Herts?

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UK-leading research

Top 25% of UK universities for history research impact (Research Excellence Framework, 2021)

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Innovative courses

only provider of academic Folklore Studies in England and Wales