This MA introduces you to the advanced study of the history of the modern world, investigating historical change within a broader conceptual and theoretical framework.
One core taught module in your first term provides a solid foundation in the approaches to the study of society and culture in historical context from the early modern period to the contemporary world, while a second analyses key components of ‘the modern’ as it has unfolded across the world. Optional modules in your second term explore key themes in modern history. You’ll be able to take advantage of the Department’s six research centres, including participating in the lively schedule of academic research seminars, lectures and conferences.
The programme will particularly appeal if you wish to acquire the conceptual and practical skills needed to conduct further research in history.
On the MA Modern History, MA in Early Modern History, MA in Global and Comparative History, and MA in the History of Medicine, your study will be anchored in a theoretically and methodologically challenging core module on the practice of historical research. These degree courses will develop your understanding of methods and approaches to historical study, and help you gain useful research skills. Taught elements are complemented by a 15,000 word dissertation (20,000 for MA in History of Medicine students), which you will complete under the supervision of one of the Department’s faculty members. The research skills you develop will leave you well placed to pursue further MPhil and PhD research.
Outside academia, postgraduates from these courses have entered careers including teaching, publishing, curatorial and heritage positions, political campaigning, and roles in the creative sector.