The MA in History provides students with opportunities to study the subject at an advanced level. It allows students to undertake detailed study of a range of periods and processes – from Britain´s experience of warfare to the material culture of the English countryhouse. By studying particular topics in depth, students are encouraged to think not only about the diversity of the past, but also how history itself is constructed.
Students will develop the skills necessary to understand, critique, utilise and communicate concepts and theories used within the discipline of History. They will acquire methodological skills for historical research, particularly the selection, evaluation and interpretation of primary sources.
Normally a second class degree in History or related discipline.
We also welcome applications from ´non-standard entrants´, including those with experiential learning. Our practice of interviewing all applicants ensures that each has the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to complete the programme successfully.
This postgraduate course is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of history across a range of periods, regions and theoretical perspectives.
The MA is taught on a full time and part time basis, with the opportunity to complete in one and two years respectively. The year is split into three trimesters.
Full time students take 60 credits in each of the first two trimesters, running from September to January and February to May. They then complete their dissertation in the summer trimester, running June to September.
Part time students take 60 credits of modules in their first year (normally two 30 credit modules in each of the first two trimesters) and 60 credits of modules in their second years, plus the 60 credit dissertation.
Modules are normally fourteen weeks in duration - alternating fortnightly between evening classes on campus (typically 6pm to 9pm on a weekday) and online learning activities. Students are also encouraged to attend the History Research Seminar, which runs monthly in the evening. All students must take History Research Methods before proceeding to their dissertation.
Special course features
teaching takes place in evening classes, blended with online learning activities, providing a convenient programme for postgraduate learners
students study a range of specialist topics in-depth with staff who are engaged in research and publication
much of the teaching is centred on the use and interpretation of primary sources, giving students the opportunity to engage in active learning
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma:
History Research Methods
British Colonialism and Islamic Politics, c. 1800-1970
Men at Arms: Masculinity and War in Britain, 1756-1918
Consumption and the Country House, 1660-1830
Exploring English Society, 1500-1750
Medicine and Healing Through the Ages
Violence and the Law in English Society
Britain and the First World War
From Privilege to Pressure: English Landed Society, 1850-1950
Breeding Supermen: Eugenics in Britain, America and Germany
Narrating the Nation: Rethinking Modern British History
Previous students have used our MA in a variety of ways. It can be a bridge to further study - with several former students having gone on to do a PhD. As a prestigious qualification, it can enhance career opportunities in a wide range of occupations, for example, teachers have used the course to gain curriculum knowledge and career progression. Many students take the course purely because they have enjoyed History as a degree or as a personal interest and wish to pursue the subject further.
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