History: Twentieth-Century History MA Add to your prospectus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You should normally have a BA in History or a related discipline (2:1 or above, or international equivalent).

Overview

This absorbing MA gives you the opportunity to study and reflect on major twentieth century events, such as total war, the rise and fall of communism, the collapse of the European empires, the changing place of women in western society and the decline of traditional religious belief.

You’ll be able to:-

  • explore the features that made the twentieth century unique
  • study social and political developments that most defined the character of the twentieth century
  • focus in-depth on particular countries or themes that interest you
  • develop the research skills needed to complete your 15,000 word dissertation on the topic of your choice

This programme will appeal to a wide range of students, including those who’ve recently or have decided to return to university later in life.

The structure of the course provides a good grounding for those intending to proceed to doctoral research.

Students study two 30 credit core modules and four 15 credit research training modules, culminating in a 60 credit dissertation.

Case study: Amy Mcsweeney

"My favourite thing about master’s study is that you’re better placed to pursue original research. History at undergraduate level requires that you learn about what happened to whom when, whilst postgraduate studies give you the skills to ask your own questions, not just learn the answers to other people’s."

Read Amy's full case study

Why History?

Breadth of expertise

The interests of our staff and PhD students are extremely diverse and span the medieval, early modern and modern periods.

Their work encompasses political, social, cultural, economic, military and diplomatic history, across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Active seminar programmes, linked to our research centres and MA programmes, enable staff and postgraduates to present their work and listen to eminent visiting speakers.

 These are our on-going seminar series:

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Eighteenth-Century Worlds
  • Contemporary Cultural and Social
  • History
  • International Slavery
  • Contemporary History and Policy
  • New Research (run by our postgraduate students)

Recent conferences and workshops have addressed ‘Religion in the Spanish Baroque’, ‘Text and Place in Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, ‘Re-thinking Post- Slavery’ and ‘British Nuclear Culture’.

Taught programmes that prepare you for future research

By pursuing our programmes you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to carry out further research towards a PhD.

Our MA programmes are taught by research-active experts who bring their knowledge of, and passion for, their subjects into the seminar room.

Teaching takes place in small-group seminars or workshops and through one-to-one tutorials, as we believe this leads to the best collaboration between students and staff.

We offer programmes in:

  • Cultural History
  • Eighteenth-Century Worlds
  • International Slavery Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Twentieth-Century History

You can also pursue an MRes in History or a vocational Masters in Archives and Records Management.

Support and skills training for PhD students

As a postgraduate research student you’ll receive comprehensive skills from the Graduate School, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and History Department.

This will equip you with the research skills you need to successfully complete your PhD.

Our PhD programmes place a strong emphasis on independent research and study, culminating in a 100,000-word dissertation. Two supervisors (normally experts in your chosen field) who will advise and support you through the process.

Our commitment to postgraduate students

We welcome enquiries from all postgraduate students interested in studying here and will give you all the academic, practical and pastoral support we can.

Students have a voice here and are represented on the School Postgraduate Committee. There’s also a dedicated staff – student liaison committee to oversee our MA and PhD programmes.

Postgraduate studentships and bursaries are often available.