You will study four core modules (full descriptions available below):
- Global Histories: Comparisons and Connections
- Making Sense of the World: Themes in Global History
- Historical Methods: Research Skills
- Research Methods and Skills: Dissertation Preparation
You will also choose two optional modules, or a double special-subject module, from a wide range available from across the Department of History.
You will complete the MA with a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You will study four core modules:
Global Histories: Comparisons and Connections
This module will be an introductory survey of global history. It will draw on considerable chronological depth and regional breadth in order to present you with a truly global perspective. Content will range from the decline and fall of ancient empires through new medieval empires in Afro-Eurasia, early modern voyages of exploration to the age of revolutions which gave birth to new nations in the midst of global political ruptures.
Making Sense of the World: Themes in Global History
This module will be split into two parts: ‘Understanding the Past’ and ‘Past Understandings’. The former deals with key issues in global history, such as: the formation of the world’s geography; periodisation and the issues of how to distinguish between historical periods on such a grand scale; the creation of border regions; and the importance of the environment in human history. The second section will explore different ways in which past peoples have understood the global world. This will examine the importance of themes such as religion, gender, race and finish with an in-depth look at a key text bringing together many of the themes of the course, Amitav Ghosh’s In An Antique Land.
This module introduces you to the major developments in historical approaches and to some of the major schools of, or tendencies in, historical research. The focus is on the application of the ideas to historical practice then and now.
Research Methods and Skills: Dissertation Preparation
This module covers what the dissertation project will entail. You will be expected to produce a short dissertation proposal for submission and you will be allocated a tutor who will supervise your dissertation preparation work. You will have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor, but you will also attend available generic sessions on skills run on the Research Skills module and available across the University.
You will also choose two optional modules from a range which includes:
- Cities of Paradise and Empire in the Islamic World: From the 15th Century to the Present Day
- Conflict in the Modern Middle East
- Everyday Life and Survival under Nazi and Soviet Occupation, 1939-1953Hidden from History: Homosexuality through History
- Piracy, Plunder, Peoples and Exploitation: English Exploration in the Tudor Period
- Sex and Sexualities in the Modern British World, 1880-1970
- The Black Death In Medieval Europe, Disaster, Change and Recovery
- The Silk Roads
- The Viking Age
Alternatively, you may wish to choose a double special subject module. The options available will typically include:
- Britain, the Slave Trade and Anti-slavery in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
- Building Nations in the “Bloodlands”. A History of Conflict, Occupation, and Independence in East Central Europe ca. 1880 – 1953
- Game without Thrones: Saga Age Iceland c.900-c.1250
- Imperialism and the Global Environment: Europe and the Transformation of the Tropical World, 1850-present
- Protestants, Papists and Puritans: Religious Change under Elizabeth I and James I
- The Age of Discovery
- The Mongols and China
- The Russian Revolution, 1917
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
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.
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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.
You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, such as History, Politics, Cultural Studies, normally of an upper second-class standard.
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