Modern History at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview On our Modern History MA, you’ll examine contemporary trends through historical lenses, by focusing on the deeper histories of nationalism, imperialism, and popular politics. You’ll be taught by one of the largest groups of modern historians in the UK, working at the forefront of their fields in modern British, European and international history. Your modules will relate directly to our lecturers’ research, putting your studies at the heart of the latest historical issues and debates. And you’ll gain new insight into seismic political events such as Brexit, conflict on the borders of Putin’s Russia, and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Join our School and you’ll become part of our vibrant postgraduate community. You’ll also develop the necessary professional skills to follow in the footsteps of our previous graduates, who’ve gone on to careers in law, finance, the civil service, local government and administration, heritage and tourism, teaching and research, and doctoral study. About This Course Studying with some of the finest academics in the country, our Master’s course will improve and deepen your knowledge and understanding of modern history, with a particular focus on the seismic events of the 20th century. Your studies will combine seminars and tutorials. And you’ll be able to take advantage of our specialisms in British history, the history of Central and Eastern Europe, historical approaches to nationalism, and the social, cultural, and political history of regions from East and South Asia to the Middle East and North America. Our programme is characterised by its intensity, complexity and density of study. Through it, you’ll not only acquire a more advanced knowledge and understanding of modern history, but you’ll also develop and improve your understanding of the problems posed by primary sources and documents. You’ll learn to synthesise and apply complex historical theories and concepts, and to test hypotheses against highly detailed examples and case studies. And you’ll develop the ability to discriminate between conflicting interpretations and perspectives – and to communicate your findings in a sustained and lucid manner, both in discussions and in your written work. You’ll discover, as well, how you can apply these skills in the heritage industry and other professional contexts. You’ll put the skills and knowledge you’ll have acquired to good use in your Master’s dissertation. You’ll then graduate fully prepared for doctoral study, should you decide to remain in academia. And you’ll possess qualities vital to future employment, including problem-solving skills, self-discipline and time-management, the ability to work with others, and excellent oral and written skills. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Entry requirements

DEGREE CLASSIFICATION Bachelors degree – 2.1 or equivalent   DEGREE SUBJECT Humanities subject  ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Applicants must submit a sample of written work (in English). This should be a typed essay on a historical subject, 2-3,000 words long, preferably a photocopy of an assessment marked by a tutor, complete with critical comments and a percentage or grade. The essay should address a specific question, and must demonstrate an ability to construct a historical argument, familiarity with the conventions of academic writing, and competence in English.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6minimum 6.0 in Writing & Speaking and 5.5 in Listening & Reading

English Foreign Language: Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):   Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date. We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9500* Whole course
England £9500* Whole course
Northern Ireland £9500* Whole course
Scotland £9500* Whole course
Wales £9500* Whole course
International £21200 Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

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Modern History at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS