Full time: from September to January you will take two optional special subject modules followed in February to June by compulsory modules - Approaches to History and Research Techniques in History. The dissertation is submitted in August.
Part time: In the first teaching block (September to January) you will take one optional special subject module followed in February to June by a compulsory module - Approaches to History. In September to January of your second year you will take a second optional special subject module and in the following teaching block (February to June) you will take a further compulsory module, Research Techniques in History, and commence your dissertation at the beginning of the second year. The dissertation is submitted in the following January.
A variety of special subject modules are available including: early modern history, economic and social history, international history, and regional history. Examples of current modules include:
-Town and Parish Culture in the Southwest, 1350-1689
-International Crisis and Conflict: British Foreign Policy 1933-1945
-Politics, Society and International Activism: the United States since 1945
Option modules offered in 2007/08 are:
-International Crisis and Conflict: British Foreign Policy, 1933-1945
-Politics, Society and International Activism: United States History, 1945 - Present
-Town and Parish Culture in the Southwest, 1350 - 1689
-It may be possible to choose one module from a wider Faculty menu.
Early in the second teaching block (fourth if you are a part-time student), you will negotiate your dissertation topic, and an experienced member of staff will be allocated as your supervisor. In the module Research Techniques in History, you will receive instruction and training in basic research techniques including the compilation of bibliographies and the development of IT, paleographic or foreign language skills depending on your choice of dissertation topic. The dissertation is an individual piece of work of your own choosing. It consists of 15,000 - 20,000 words and is based partly on research into primary sources.
Teaching and learning
MA classes run between 18.30 and 21.30 on Monday - Thursday evenings in both semesters.
Assessment takes a variety of forms, which may include essays, extended essays, document analyses, book reviews and assessed seminar assignments. An MA with distinction shall be awarded to students of exceptional merit.