This is a broad-ranging programme covering the history of Ireland, Britain, Russia and the Soviet Union, the Mediterranean world; the British Empire and America since the early modern period. You will benefit from our wide range of specialisms in social, political and cultural history, and also comparative and transnational histories. You will be taught by leading authorities in these fields and gain advanced training in historical methods, skills and theories with historical experts. We have particular strengths in the history of medicine, ethics and emotions. You will also develop an innovative public history project before independently pursuing a dissertation topic of your own choice. The strongest social history dissertation is eligible for the annual Birley Prize (£750). You may progress to doctoral research, education roles or careers in areas such as libraries, archives, museums, research for charities, official organisations, government, marketing advertising, publishing, the civil service or politics.
The modules are: Debates and controversies; themes in history; research methods for historical research; special topic in history; dissertation.
The course is assessed by written essays, presentations and a long piece of extended writing (the dissertation).
Applicants must normally have gained an upper second-class Honours degree or better in History or a related discipline, but applicants with a lower second class degree may also be considered. Applicants may alternatively hold an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma, or an approved alternative qualification. They must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route.
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