MA Twentieth Century History

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  • Objectives
    The MA in Twentieth-Century History takes students from the political cleavages, economic crisis, and cultural uncertainty unleashed by the First World War through the period of conquest, occupation and resistance we know as the Second World War and into a new post-war world shaped by the forces of decolonisation and globalisation. The Cold War introduced a new set of political and strategic imperatives and the focus of international conflict moved outside Europe and away from the nation-state. You will explore this historical trajectory looking not only at the great events of the twentieth-century but also at how these affected 'ordinary' people. 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 Twentieth Century History
  • Course description
    Course content*

    Core courses: Core module in Twentieth-Century History, Research Skills, Research Presentation, Dissertation

    Plus option modules from:

    -The Fin-de-Siecle
    -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
    -Life Stories: Men and Women in War and Revolution, 1917-49
    -Comparative Fascism
    -The Holocaust in Germany, 1933-1945
    -Hellfire Nation: Evangelical Religion and the Progressive Era
    -Nehru and India
    -PhD Proposal
    -Work Placement

    *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 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.


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

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