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Comments about MA in Modern History - At the institution - Belfast - Belfast - Belfast - Northern Ireland
The MA in Modern History aims to provide students with the opportunity to explore and deepen their knowledge of history and to develop their skills as historians through the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, the collection and collation of research data, and the formulation and presentation of arguments and discussion.
Entrance Requirements Applicants are normally required to have a 2:1 honours degree in History (single or combined honours). In exceptional circumstances the holder of a good honours degree in a subject other than History may be considered for admission. For overseas students a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher (or equivalent) from an accredited institution is normally expected. Additional Information for International Students Students for whom English is not their first language normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
MA in Modern History
The MA Modern History has two strands: British History and American History.
These strands share common elements in research methods and historiography, but allow specialisation through separate taught modules and dissertation supervision. Applicants are requested to indicate which strand they intend to follow on the ‘additional information’ section of the application form.
There are five main components: a research methods in history module, a primary source-based module, a historiography module, a strand-specific taught module in British or American history and a double-weighted dissertation module of up to 20,000 words. An individually negotiated topic module may be substituted (where appropriate and with the agreement of the programme co-ordinator) for a strand-specific taught or a source-based module.
Postgraduate students are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School. A number of rooms are available for postgraduate use only. Several lively research seminars and colloquia meet throughout the academic year which full-time MA students are expected to attend. As part of this MA we work closely with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Special Collections section of the University Library in providing practical archival training in the use of primary sources. Full-time MA students may audit a final-year undergraduate module on a voluntary basis, in agreement with the programme co-ordinator.
Opportunities for Careers
Postgraduate taught and research students have gone on to find employment in research, archives, museums and other historically-related areas, as well as in teaching and in a wide range of public and private sector work.