Master of Arts Programme in History

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have either (a) a Bachelor’s degree of the University of Botswana of at least second class, second division, with an average of at least 65% in History or Archaeology courses, or (b) a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, which in the opinion of the History Department is of the same standard, from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning.

MPhil/PhD Degrees in History

MPhil Programme

The following candidates are eligible for admission:

a. Applicants with a Master’s Degree in History, Archaeology, or Museum Studies from a recognized university or equipment or equivalent institution of higher learning, or with a First Class Bachelor’s or equivalent degree.

b. Applicants with at least a one-year graduate

qualifications from a recognized university of higher learning in any subject which is deemed relevant to a proposed research Dissertation may be admitted subject to the discretion of the Department of History Board.


The History Department, which includes the Archaeology Unit, takes its mandate from the famous (though often misquoted) words of the first President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama: "A nation without a past is a lost nation, and a people without a past is a people without a soul.” Understanding the present and planning for the future require knowledge and analysis of the past. It is the task of our department, through education and research, to assist the nation in this endeavour.

In pursuit of academic excellence