Challenging and diverse, our flagship history programme builds on the department’s research strengths and has been designed to provide a thorough training in the study of history across a wide range of periods and themes.
You consider history from a variety of perspectives, to explore how people lived in the past and what factors shaped their environment, beliefs and culture. The provision is flexible. You can either build your programme by choosing from a range of taught options in cultural, European and regional history, or undertake 100 credits out of 180 through independent study.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Modules offered may vary.
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.
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!
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.
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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