The Modern British History MA is one of Manchester's most established programmes. The MA is designed to introduce students to advanced study in their chosen field and to equip them with the skills required for doctoral research. The MA allows students to tailor their advanced study and research-preparation to their interests, needs and existing knowledge. All students take the compulsory core course unit, 'Revising the History of Modern Britain', which explores recent historiographical debates (e.g. the 'rise' of the working class; the impact of empire on British society and culture; the cultural history of the First World War). Students then select two optional course units from a wide variety of options exploring the history of Britain from the eighteenth century to the present. Research training is delivered through Manchester's innovative Skills Awareness in Graduate Education (SAGE) scheme. Students complete the programme by submitting a 12.000-15,000 word MA dissertation. Recent dissertation topics include: 'Lord Palmerston, Garibaldi and popular liberalism in North-west England, 1856-64'; 'Queen Victoria opens the Liverpool International Exhibition of 1886: Empire, Crown and City'; 'Winston Churchill, the Anglo-Boer War and the 1900 General Election in Oldham'; 'Cinema, popular imperialism and the film of the Delhi Durbar, 1911'; 'Desperate housewives? The British Housewives' League and Women's Co-operative Guild in Britain, 1946-51'.
Core Course 'Revising the History of Modern Britain'. Popular recent optional course units include 'Towns in North-West England, 1700-1840', convened by Dr Hannah Barker ; 'Victorian intellectual controversies', convened by Dr Stuart Jones; 'Reading the Victorian: a case study of the City of Manchester', convened by Dr Julie-Marie Strange; 'Sexuality, gender and urban culture', convened by Prof. Frank Mort
The Modern British History MA programme offers a non-vocational degree, which teaches a wide range of skills tranferable to a wide range of careers. In addition to securing AHRC-funding to pursue doctoral research, recent graduates from the programme have pursued careers in the heritage industry, school teaching, accountancy and the legal profession.