History MA - 2020 Entry
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
Our MA programme is designed to fulfil your quest for knowledge, by taking your study of history to a deeper level. Whether you have your sights set on progression in a career where the skills of a serious historian are valuable, or you are considering continuing on to a doctoral degree, you should find this programme stimulating and enjoyable.
Our History MA offers you the opportunity to pursue your chosen period or research specialism through one of its three pathways (set out in detail at the bottom of the page):
- Medieval and Early Modern
Alternatively, a bespoke History MA allows you to tailor your options according to your interests. Each pathway consists of five taught modules and a substantial piece of original research in the form of an 18 -20,000 word dissertation: your opportunity to design a unique piece of research, ambitious in its rigour, which will make a significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.
You will be trained by experienced historians, who are expert not only in their subject specialism, but also in the skills they deploy in working with their primary sources: from Roman pottery to medieval manuscripts, from landscapes to literature, from the moving image to oral histories. In the course of your studies, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of potential sources, gain fundamental skills, and discover your own innovative approaches to primary material.
You can take advantage of our excellent relationship with local and national heritage organisations by applying to undertake a placement at an historical site, in an archive or at a museum. If your placement application is selected by the heritage partner, you will have the opportunity for a rewarding experience gaining skills relevant to the heritage sector, and in many cases providing valuable insight into how your skills as a historian can be used in work relating to causes and commerce. If you are considering a career in teaching, there are opportunities for supervised school placements that provide a taster of the profession and experience in applying your academic expertise in a classroom.
There is a lively and stimulating postgraduate research culture and social network on which to draw and to which to contribute. In addition to taught modules and supervision, our MA students attend or run research seminars, conferences, training events, reading groups and social events. Some financial support is available for such activities.
In 2019 the History Department launched two new Masters programmes in International and Military History and Digital Humanities.
Please visit the History Department website for more information.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
- Beyond the Text: Image, Sound and Object as Historical Evidence
- Creative Voices: History and Fiction
- Critical Heritage Studies
- Digital texts in the Humanities
- Historical Research Project
- Introduction to Latin Translation for Historians
- Medieval Primary Sources: Genre, Rhetoric and Transmission
- Outreach, heritage and public history placement
- School Placement
- Spatial technologies for Humanities Research
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
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