We are able to offer a unique combination of expertise in the study of the Holocaust and of genocide across a variety of disciplines, including historical studies, conflict and war studies, memory studies, literary studies, translation studies, and film studies.
In addition to taking modules directly related to the Holocaust and/or genocide, you therefore also have the opportunity to take alternative disciplinary approaches and study modules that are relevant to, but not directly related to, the topic.
All students will take two core modules:
- Research Skills in the Study of Holocaust and Genocide: Methodologies and Sources
- Holocaust and Genocide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
MA students will also take an additional module: Dissertation Preparation and Guided Reading (Holocaust and Genocide). See below for full details of core modules.
Certificate students will take one optional module, while Diploma and MA students will take three optional modules, from a wide range of related Masters-level options within the College of Arts and Law, as well as within the Department of Political Science and International Studies (College of Social Sciences).
Certificate students are advised to take a module which directly relates to the study of Holocaust and/or genocide, chosen in consultation with the programme leader. MA and Diploma students also have the option to choose up to two of their modules from the wider College; again, this should be done in consultation with the programme leader.
MA students will complete the programme with a dissertation – this can either be a written or placement-based dissertation. If you choose to complete a written dissertation its length will be 15,000 words.
All students will take the following core modules:
Research Skills in the Study of Holocaust and Genocide: Methodologies and Sources
This module introduces you to the extensive and varied methodological challenges in studying and carrying out research on the Holocaust and/or genocide. Particular attention is paid to: the multi-and interdisciplinary character of studying the Holocaust and genocide and the range of disciplinary and theoretical interpretive frameworks that can be adopted; the methodological challenges posed by the nature of the sources available (in some cases, by the absence, or fragmented nature, of those sources); the importance of context – local, national and transnational in determining interpretations of, and responses to, Holocaust and genocide; and the complexities of remembering, representing and instrumentalising Holocaust and genocide.
The module consists of a series of seminars/workshops by academics working in these fields, reflecting on the particular methodological challenges they have confronted in their research and/or teaching specialisms, with reference to specific examples and case studies focusing on key generic research sources.
Holocaust and Genocide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
This module explores the complexities and challenges of defining and studying the ‘Holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, both on their own terms and comparatively. Attention will be paid to ongoing disputes over what constitutes appropriate terminology in this subject area. This discussion will be contextualised within the emerging and developing fields of Holocaust studies and genocide studies and the complex and contested historiography of ‘Holocaust’, ‘genocide’ and their interrelationship.
Topics covered may include: ‘the politics of uniqueness’; interpretations of the Holocaust as ‘a mosaic of victims’; the relationship between Holocaust/genocide and war; the complexities of categories such as ‘victims, perpetrators and bystanders’; the significance of gender (e.g., ‘gendercide’); genocide and ‘prevention’; prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity; different manifestations of denial; and the growing phenomena of memorial museums and the controversies surrounding ‘exhibiting’ atrocity.
MA students will also take two additional core modules:
Dissertation Preparation and Guided Reading (Holocaust and Genocide)
This module is designed to aid your planning and research for your dissertation. You will be supported to develop the relevant skills and produce a structured framework in the form of the preparation of a research proposal and literature review. During the course of the module you will also become familiar with a range of bibliographic aids for locating relevant primary and secondary sources.
Dissertation or Placement-based Dissertation
If you choose to complete a written dissertation, this will be a substantial and sustained investigation of an aspect of the Holocaust and/or genocide in history and/or memory, culminating in a 15,000-word thesis.
The placement-based dissertation is ideal for those who have begun careers and are returning to study after time in employment, or those who are aiming to enhance their employability by obtaining (further) experience within related professional contexts. The Placement-based Dissertation offers a more applied, contextualised approach to independent research than the more traditional dissertation route. It combines a placement at a relevant institution or organisation (e.g., a museum or NGO) with the production of either a 10,000-word dissertation critically analysing and evaluating reflecting on an aspect of the approach and/or work of the institution hosting the placement, or a report or piece of relevant research, or another form of media output for the placement host (such as a website).
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
- Home/EU: £6,210 full-time; £3,105 part-time
- Overseas: £14,140 full-time
- Home/EU: £4,140 full-time; £2,070 part-time
- Overseas: £14,140 full-time
- Home/EU: £2,070 full-time or part-time
- Overseas: £7,070 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
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