The course combines a systematic training in historical research techniques with the study of a range of major local historical themes and the chance to undertake an individually researched dissertation.
This degree provides you with training, up to research level, in the ´Leicester´ approach to English Local History. You will look in depth at the interaction between society and landscape and use comparative methods to test hypotheses and interpretations, which might include comparisons with places outside the British Isles.
Through lectures, seminars, group work and field study trips, you will develop a deeper knowledge of comparative landscape and community, with emphasis on cultural regions, historical ecology and regional identities.
The course consists of four core modules, a field course and a dissertation. During the field course, which takes place in the Midlands, you will take part in intensive study of the landscape. During the fieldwork option, you will develop your observational skills and gain an appreciation of the role that landscape and the structures of community have to play in historical enquiry.
This course can also be taken on a part-time basis over two years.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
2:1 degree in history or another relevant discipline.
We also welcome applicants who do not have a degree but who can show enthusiasm and competence by having attended relevant certificated courses, by submitting published work or by writing qualifying essays to a first degree standard.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Plus either Medieval Landscapes, 400-1500 or Family History
Plus your Dissertation
The 20,000-word dissertation will allow you to explore a research topic of your own choice under the supervision of one of our expert academics. Our staff specialisms reflect the diversity of regions and approaches covered by the MA.
Option modules, choose one option modules from:
Medieval Landscapes, 400-1500
The Local Identities and Palaeography of Early Modern England, 1500-1700
Understanding English and Welsh Communities and Cultures, 1700-2000
You also have the option of substituting one of these option modules for one from History or Urban History.
Our MA course will offer you a strong competitive advantage and career choices and your future salary can be considerably enhanced by postgraduate qualifications.
A postgraduate degree in history provides you with a wide range of skills including:
critical analysis of textual, visual, and material evidence
statistical analysis and database design
advanced written and oral presentation skills
time management and independent working on a significant research project.
As a postgraduate student in the school, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.
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