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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements For direct entry onto the MA you need a first or upper second class honours degree or its international equivalent in history or a related subject in the arts, humanities or social sciences. We also encourage applications from people with alternative qualifications or a combination of professional qualifications and relevant experience. We normally interview you to assess your ability to benefit from the course. We can also advise you whether to study for a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or masters. If English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability such as an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA History – the local and the global
  • Course description
    During this course you explore the links between the history of specific localities and global developments. You gain valuable new perspectives on globalisation and its impact on local communities.

    The course is ideal if you
    • are a recent graduate in history or a related subject and want to continue advanced level study
    • wish to gain a postgraduate qualification to improve your career prospects
    • need to gain the research skills to progress to MPhil or PhD
    • wish to follow your personal interests in local and global history in an academic environment and develop your research ability

    You examine
    • recent trends in historical study, away from national frameworks and towards broader global and transnational approaches
    • the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of the history of globalisation
    • the history of specific British localities, including the local Sheffield area, in a global historical framework

    Themes include • the histories of transatlantic slavery • transnational migration • cross cultural exchange • imperial cities and citizenship • multicultural communities • global consumption • local and global social movements.

    You complete a research project in the local community and gain advanced-training in research methods.

    Our academic staff have extensive teaching experience and an international reputation for research excellence and they draw on their own research in the field to inform teaching.

    The course also runs part-time in evenings, making it suitable if you are in full-time employment.

    As a postgraduate student you become part of a lively research culture centred on the Humanities Research Centre. We encourage you to attend the regular history research seminars on local and global history.

    History at Sheffield Hallam was awarded a score of five in the last Research Assessment Exercise, a mark of international research excellence.

    Associated careers

    You can use the skills, knowledge and understanding of the historical processes and dynamics of global change to improve your employment prospects or develop your existing career.

    These include, for example,
    • librarian, archivist, museum or heritage employee making local resources accessible to an increasingly diverse and multicultural public
    • local government, charitable or voluntary sector worker providing services which take account of the impact of globalisation and migration on local economies and communities

    Or you can progress to an MPhil or PhD in History, using the research training and experience you have gained.

    Course content

    Core modules
    history across borders • city, nation and empire • local and global communities • advanced research methods in history • research dissertation

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