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  • Objectives
    The MA in Historical Research provides an excellent preparation for students intending to proceed to research degrees in History. As well as specific research training in history, you will also gain a broad range of transferable skills that will be of value to employers outside academia. The combination of compulsory and optional modules allows you to further your own interests, broaden your field of knowledge and, at the same time, hone the research skills needed for the dissertation. High-quality, research led training: -Knowledge and understanding of your chosen area of history -The abilty to recognise, analyse, and evaluate historians' arguments -The ability to discuss historiographical developments and comment on the emergence of history as a discipline -The skills to conduct research and produce a high quality dissertaion -Transferable skills in analytical thinking, information gathering, problem solving, communication, presentation, personal organisation and computing
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Good honours degree in history or a related subject (normally at least 2:1 or equivalent) from a recognised UK or overseas university. However, we assess applications individually, and encourage candidates with degrees in other humanities or social sciences disciplines to contact us for advice. International students must take a suitable language test such as IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) or TOEFL (minimum score 575 paper test or 232 computerised version). Candidates may be asked to supply examples of their previous written work.
  • Academic Title
    MA Historical Research
  • Course description
    Course content*

    Core courses: Research Skills, Research Presentation, PhD Proposal, Dissertation

    A core module from: Approaching the Middle Ages, Early Modernities, Approaches to the American Past, Modernity and Power: individuals and the State in the Modern World, Approaches to International History

    Plus option modules from:

    -Imagining the Unseen in the Middle Ages
    -The Transformation of the Roman World
    -Government and Society in the Later Middle Ages
    -Religious Pluralism and Social Integration in Europe
    -Palaeography
    -Religion and the State in Early Modern England
    -Arguing about Eighteenth-Century Crime
    -Representing the Eighteenth-Century: History and Film
    -Communities and Sociabilities in Early Modern Europe
    -The Chartist Challenge
    -Life Stories: Men and Women in War and Revolution, 1917-49
    -Comparative Fascism
    -International Relations and the early Cold War in Britain
    -Media and Popular Culture
    -Religion and Society in Twentieth-Century Germany and Britain
    -The Collapse of Hitler's Reich
    -Genocide and Gulag
    -The Holocaust in Germany, 1933-45
    -Eighteenth-Century British American Colonies
    -The Scramble for Africa
    -Hellfire Nation: Evangelical Religion and the Progressive Era
    -Nehru and India
    *Course content is subject to revision. For a full list of modules, please visit the departmental website.

    Teaching
    Teaching is in small group seminars and individuals tutorials. Module tutors offer advice on preparing assessed course work and you will also work with a dissertation supervisor, who will provide individual supervision and guidance for your dissertation. All tutors welcome contact with MA students and, in addition to the academic support outlined above, the Director of MA Programmes offers personal support and general guidance.

    Assessment
    Bibliographic and source-based exercises, short papers, oral presentation, dissertation (15,000 words)

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