This innovative MA course is one of the first in the UK to focus specifically on global history, offering you the chance to investigate one of the most dynamic areas of current historical enquiry and debate.
At its centre is a core module exploring the way in which global history has emerged, the methods it adopts, the subject areas it addresses and the criticisms it has attracted. Throughout, you are encouraged to explore how the global can be investigated in relation to the regional and the local, as part of wider debates on historical methods and interpretation. This provides a route into studying major regions of the globe, including Latin America, India and China. You’ll also benefit from the Department’s Global History and Culture Centre, with the option to participate in seminars, lectures and conferences arranged by the Centre.
The course offers an excellent route into PhD research in the emerging field of global history and culture. Recent postgraduates have also advanced into careers in the cultural sector, consultancy and teaching.
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.