You will study four core modules [see full descriptions below]:
- New Directions in Modern British History
- Sites and Sources in Modern British Studies
- Historical Methods: Research Skills
- Research Methods & Skills: Dissertation Preparation
All core modules are assessed by 4,000-word essay.
You will also choose two 20-credit optional modules - one in autumn and one in spring - or a 40-credit special-subject module which runs across both terms. The 20-credit modules are assessed by 4,000-word essay, while special subject modules are assessed by one three-hour exam and one take home essay exam paper. An indicative list of options can be found below.
You will complete the MA with a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You will study four core modules:
New Directions in Modern British History
This module will expose you to some of the key debates and moments in Modern British Studies and its associated historiography. There are difficulties in identifying organising narratives for understanding modern Britain. How do we write history that remains intellectually inclusive, avoids privileging historic and contemporary historiographical concerns and creates conversations that cut across regional, temporal and disciplinary boundaries? This module will introduce you to historical works that have stimulated new visions the past and its role in public life. If British society and culture has changed, so has the way that historians have approached and conceptualised it. While the module focuses on a series of key interventions, we will situate these in the context of broader debates about Modern Britain.
Sites and Sources in Modern British Studies
This module goes beyond thinking about Britain in terms of the great and the good and introduces you to rich and diverse sources through which historians have tried to understand the contours of everyday life in the past. The module will enable you to capture the pluralistic and inchoate messiness of ordinary life and historical change. A seaside postcard can be just as useful to a historian as a work of art. It is a module that will give you grounding in the interpretation of different sources and the problems and possibilities these present in studying the past.
This module introduces you to the major developments in historical approaches since the Second World War and to some of the major schools of, or tendencies in, historical research such as the Annales School, the English historians’ response to Marxism, cultural history, the linguistic turn, gender, history of science and critical social theory (Geertz and Foucault). 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 may include:
- 'A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall’: Nuclear Weapons and the Cold War
- Britain at the Movies
- Britain’s Wars of Colonisation and Decolonisation
- Hidden from History: Homosexuality through History from the Ancient World to the Present Day
- On the Road to Nowhere? Traffic, Transport and Mobility in 20th Century Britain
- Reason and Romance: the cultural history of 19th Century Britain
- Sex and Sexualities in the Modern British World, 1880-1970
- Speaking to the People: Political Communication in 20th Century Britain
Alternatively, you may wish to choose a double special subject module. The options available will typically include:
- Britain and the Home Front in the Second World War
- Britain, the Slave Trade and Anti-Slavery in Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries
- British Army on the Western Front
- Dossers: A History of homelessness in modern Britain
- Facing the Fuhrer and Duce: British Foreign and Defence Policies towards the European Dictators 1935-40
- Mass Media and the Making of Modern Britain
- Of Rice and Men: NGOs and Humanitarianism since 1945
- Social Activism in Ages of Affluence and Apathy
- The Sharpe End: the British Army and the Defeat of Napoleon
- Where There is Discord: Making Thatcher’s Britain
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.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students
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Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. 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.
You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard.
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