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MA Nineteenth-Century Studies (History)

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  • Objectives
    This interdisciplinary MA, designed for those with a background in History or Literary studies, provides an opportunity to explore nineteenth-century society and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Taught by members of staff in History, English and Modern Languages, the topics covered extend across the entire breadth of the 'long nineteenth century' from 1789 to 1914, encompassing a variety of countries and national perspectives. High-quality, research led training, equipping you with transferable skills and intellectual training of value to employers. -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 Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Course description
    Course content*

    Core courses: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Studies, Research Skills, Research Presentation, Dissertation

    Plus option modules from:

    -The Chartist Challenge
    -The Scramble for Africa
    -PhD Proposal
    -Work Placement
    -Theory of Narrative
    -Archive Use and Methodology
    -Interdisciplinary Approaches to 19th-century Studies
    -Gender and Class Relations in the Victorian Novel
    -Discourses of Travel Writing in the 19th century
    -Science in the 19th-century Periodical
    -Women’s Writing and the Politics of Romanticism
    -The Rise of Gothic
    -Irish Writing and the Union, 1801–1899
    -19th-century Scottish poetry
    *Course content is subject to revision. For a full list of modules, please contact the department.

    This opportunity to acquire vocational experience is a unique feature of the Sheffield MA. A taught module entitled Work Placement provides an opportunity to develop history-specific vocational skills in a working environment.

    Teaching

    Teaching is in small group seminars and individual tutorials. Module tutors offer advice on preparing assessed coursework 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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