1 year (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
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.
- 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, the Centre for Welsh American Studies, the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination, and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.
In Part One, students will choose a combination of modules amounting to 120 credits. These will include 40 credits of Options, allowing students to pursue their particular subject interests. The Option modules will be accompanied by 20 credits devoted to Research Skills and Methods, which students will find helpful in planning and conducting their research. The remaining 60 credits will be made up of a combination of modules, which will usually include a module on Historical Theory, tailored training and may include languages (where applicable), such as Medieval English, Latin, Old French, Modern French or German.
Our flexible programme of study permits the content of options to vary from year to year, reflecting student interests.
Assessment is via essays or a combination of coursework and written examination, depending on the modules chosen.
Part Two comprises a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice, amounting to a maximum of 20,000 words. Please see the School website for more programme and module information.
Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:
- 20 credits of research skills and methods;
- 60 credits of historical theory and advanced research skills;
- 40 credits of option modules selected by the student;
- 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).
The following subject areas are available most years:
- Austria and Germany 1866-1945
- Germany, 1945-1955
- Victorian City and Environment
- Self and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain
- Politics and Society in Early Modern Wales
- Religion and Violence in Early Modern Europe
- Crime, Sexuality and the Body, 1550-1800
- History of the Book
- Society and Identity in Wales, 1840-1914
- Twentieth-Century Wales
- France, 1870-1945
- Modern India, 1757-1947
- Indian Gender and Women's History
- China, 1840-2000
- History of the Crusades
- Belief and Disbelief in the Middle Ages
- Diplomacy in the Middle Ages
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 their work to an audience
- 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
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.
Applicants should have a 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.
How to Apply
Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service selecting the MA History option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation. It is essential that students clearly identify a geographical, chronological or thematic area of interest. If further information on the application process is required, please contact the Postgraduate Tutor for History.
For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding website.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Tracey Loughran
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5650
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