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Historical Research (MA)

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  • Objectives
    This degree will provide you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical skills necessary for PhD research in history. The degree critically examines problems of historical theory and practice, with emphasis on debates around topics such as: narrative and history; objectivity and relativism in history; causation; history and other disciplines; the new cultural history; postmodernism; Marxist historiography; and the Annales School.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good degree and references.
  • Academic Title
    Historical Research (MA)
  • Course description
    Core courses

    -History and Historians (two terms)
    -Research Skills and Methods in History
    -Computing for Historians.


    The latter two core courses provide practical training in the basic skills of historical research, including: formulating a thesis; storing and managing information; the use of archives; and advanced computer skills.

    Options
    Two options from a comprehensive list of all the history courses taught at Birkbeck, including:

    -Race in Victorian England
    -Anglo-American Popular Culture
    -French Colonisation and Decolonisation
    -Genocide, Minorities and Population Movements in the Twentieth Century
    -Rise of the Modern Consumer
    -Themes in the Political History of Japan
    -State Formation in Modern Europe
    -Themes in Russian and Soviet History
    -Culture and National Identity in Russia
    -Commerce and Culture in Eighteenth-Century London
    -African History
    -Comparative Elites (Eighteenth Century)
    -Gender in History
    -Themes on Modern British History
    -The Balkans.
    -Dissertation.

    Teaching
    Solely by seminar, giving you the fullest possible opportunity to develop your own ideas.

    Assessment
    Practical core and option module assessment. Each option is assessed by a single 5000-word essay; the two practical core courses are examined by shorter exercises. Dissertation of 15,000 words.

    When to apply
    You should apply as early as possible.
    Interviews from January.

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