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History (MA)


Course Aims

The MA in History is designed to act as a self-regulated year of further study, and to provide a preparatory year for PhD candidates, giving a thorough grounding in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project. Consisting partly of taught courses and partly of independent research, it draws together a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study.

Course Description

The MA in History is tailored to the interests of individual students. Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

  • 40 credits of research skills and methods
  • 40 credits of historical theory and subject-specific research skills (including language modules)
  • 40 credits of option modules selected by the student
  • 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

Assessment is via essays or a combination of coursework and written examination, depending on the modules chosen.

Available Modules

The following subject areas are available most years:

  • Aspects of the History of the Crusades and the Latin East
  • Austria and Germany 1866–1945
  • Belief and Disbelief in the Middle Ages
  • China 1840–1919
  • China 1919–2000
  • City and the Environment
  • Crusader Ideology
  • Dirt, Disease and Public Health
  • France 1870–1914
  • France 1914–1945
  • Gender in the Middle Ages
  • Germany 1945–1949
  • Industrialisation in England and Wales
  • Kingdoms of the Crusaders
  • Modern India 1757–1947: Gender and Women’s History
  • Modern India, 1757–1947: Political and Social History
  • Order and Disorder in Early Modern Society
  • Politics and Economic Policy in Britain
  • Politics and Society in Early Modern England and Wales
  • Society and Identity in Wales 1840–1914
  • Sources for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
  • The Global Economy 1944–2000
  • The Military Orders
  • Twentieth Century Wales: Economy, Politics and Society

Special Features

  • Flexible, geared to students’ interests.
  • Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
  • Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.
  • Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, the Centre for the Crusades and the Centre for Modern German History.

Skills Acquired

On completion of the MA students will be able to:

  • Formulate and justify their own arguments and conclusions in seminar discussions and written work
  • Present their arguments clearly and concisely, in accordance with scholarly conventions
  • Think critically and challenge assumptions
  • Use information technology in information retrieval and assignment presentation.
  • Work independently, manage their time and organise their own study methods and workload
  • Work effectively with others as part of a team or group in seminar or tutorial discussions
  • Presentation skills
  • Engage in informed debate
  • Evaluate a body of knowledge, assess its strengths and weaknesses, consider ways in which knowledge can be improved or extended, and to present conclusions logically and coherently in written work

Career Prospects

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have gone on to PhD programmes or into careers in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), and publishing.

Entry Requirements

1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

Suitable for graduates in History and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Contact Information

Dr Gerwin Strobl

Position:Lecturer in History
Dr Gerwin Strobl
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75653Extension: 75653
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