Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Modern History (Taught)

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Course summary

The course draws on the Department of History and Welsh History’s longstanding research strengths in modern British, continental European and American history, and its recent investment in Southeast Asian history, to enable you to develop your own research interests in the field of modern history. In Semester 1 you’ll follow a core module that addresses the concept of political culture (addressing such issues as the public sphere, community and participation, the role of the media, etc.) in the modern era. This is followed by a wide range of options in Semester 2 on topics ranging from science and the Victorians to popular memory and the Second World War, from inter-war international diplomacy to policymaking and the American public. Alongside this study, you will benefit from specialist research training tailored to your own particular research interests: for instance, the use of public opinion data or private correspondence, visual and sound media, newspapers and broadcast sources, oral history, etc. You will also have the opportunity to study a modern European language at either beginners or advanced level. There are also classes to help you research and write your MA dissertation, an original research project (15,000 words) undertaken by you and written over the course of the year under the close supervision of a specialist within the Department.


Year 1 Core (20 Credits) you must take the following Semester 1 Research Methods And Professional Skills In History HYM0100 Semester 2 Research Methods And Professional Skills In History HYM0120 Year 1 Core (20 Credits) you must take the following Semester 1 Political Culture In Modern Britain, Europe And The Usa HYM5020 Year 1 Core (60 Credits) you must take the following Semester 3 Dissertation 2 HYM1160 Year 1 Options you must take at least two of the following Semester 1 Understanding The Cold War HYM7820 Media History: An Introduction HYM8020 Working With History HYM9900 Semester 2 Political Power And The Media In Britain HYM3120 The European Powers In The Age Of World Wars HYM3420 The American Public, Washington And The World HYM5520 The Allure And The Uses Of The Past: Historical Culture In Modern Europe HYM5720 Politics And Culture Of The Cold War In Southeast Asia HYM5820 Science, Place And Victorian Culture HYM6220 Working With History HYM9920 Britain And Zion. The Arab-israeli Conflict In British Politics IPM1420 British Counterinsurgency Warfare In The Twentieth Century IPM8820 Health, Medicine And Society In Wales, 1830-1951 WHM1720 Year 1 Options you must take at least one Research training option from the following Semester 1 Sources For Postgraduate Research In The Modern Humanities And Social Sciences HYM1220 Information And Society ILM5120 Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1100 Semester 2 Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis PGM1120

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a diverse range of assignments, including the 15,000 word MA dissertation.

Entry requirements

2i Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.

English language requirements

Programmes: Art; Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; Education; History and Welsh History; Information Studies; Law (Taught LLM courses); Management and Business; Modern Languages; Welsh IELTS:6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component TOEFL:93 with minimum component scores: Listening 17, Writing 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20. Pearson PTE: 62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component

English language requirement: Postgraduate Programmes (General)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for postgraduate courses starting in 2023/24 is yet to be confirmed.
Modern History at Aberystwyth University - UCAS