Postgraduate study
History

MA Cultural History

Cultural history has become one of the most compelling strands of historical and cultural enquiry. It explores the history of objects and ideas, and considers how our ancestors viewed and experienced the world around them – and how this has shaped our modern culture and society.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, with occasional Saturdays
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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    The School of Arts & Media enjoys purpose-built, industry-standard facilities including 4,000m2 of studio space, a convergent newsroom, broadcast news studio, multimedia publishing studios and computer suites.

 

You explore different disciplines in social and intellectual history, in literature, material and visual culture, design and architecture, media and much more. You can accumulate credit towards your chosen award at your own pace, and you can study towards a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or, on completion of a dissertation, an MA.

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A small number of core modules provide the foundation for historical research. The programme fosters the integration of archival and secondary sources necessary for original research and writing. Negotiated learning modules also allow you to agree a course of study with specific learning objectives and a clearly defined assessment.

Modules

Core modules

Dissertation

The dissertation marks the culmination of your master’s degree. This module enables students to gain an extensive and detailed knowledge and understanding of an independently selected topic and to present it in a 15,000-word dissertation.

Dissertation Feasibility Study

The Feasibility Study allows you to investigate and test the possibilities of a chosen dissertation topic; it requires you to carry out a literature search, to identify the historiographic context, to identify and locate primary sources, and to devise a relevant and productive methodology. The module results in the presentation of findings in a written feasibility study report and also in an oral dissertation proposal.

Negotiated Learning Module 1

The module addresses core skills and knowledge essential for you to pursue the study of history at postgraduate level. The course is organised around the acquisition of skills, including technical, source-based, interpretive and historiographical skills. These skills are then employed in analytic mode in terms of some of the narratives, themes, periods and theories that engage historians broadly at the current time.

Research Skills and Methods

The module addresses core skills and knowledge essential for you to pursue the study of history at postgraduate level. The course is organised around the acquisition of technical, source-based, interpretive and historiographical skills. These are then employed analytically in terms of some of the narratives, themes, periods and theories that engage historians at the current time. It also provides an introduction to some historiographic approaches to the named historical routes: Cultural History, European History, and Local and Regional History.

 

and two optional modules from the range on offer

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Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

At postgraduate level it is important that you take an active role in structuring your own learning experience, and also engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of the disciplines you encounter. At the same time we recognise that students embark on their study with different levels of skills and awareness of the discipline, especially in the case of mature students perhaps returning to study. The Research Skills and Methods module is designed to address these issues, involving a high degree of regular tutor contact, a firm foundation of research, interpretation and writing skills, as well as an introduction to a range of methodological approaches and historiographies.

How you are assessed

It is intended that you should experience a variety of different types of assessment, although the traditional extended essay plays a large part in the overall picture. There may also be ‘formative’ types of assessment which do not contribute to your final mark but have a useful diagnostic and developmental function. Some modules include a portfolio of exercises or short pieces, a group project, case studies or even a practical project. There are, you may be pleased to learn, no exams!

Career opportunities

Typically graduates go on to roles in teaching, museum work, heritage management and/or administration. You may also choose to pursue further academic study - MPhil or PhD.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an undergraduate degree in history or a cognate discipline, or have other relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. Tutors will be happy to discuss entry requirements on a flexible basis.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, with occasional Saturdays
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

Contact details

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