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Postgraduate taught programmes

MA Medieval History

Programme convenor: Dr Alex Sapoznik

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

  • Compulsory Modules (60 credits)
  • Optional Modules (60 credits)
  • Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)

Part-time students: take 40 credits of compulsory modules (7AAH1002 Materials and Methods and 7AAH1003 Latin for Graduates) and 40 credits of optional modules in year one; take 20 credits of compulsory modules (7AAH1021 Palaeography), the 60-credit dissertation module and 20 credits of optional modules in year two.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules: Full list of MA modules available

Teaching 

  • Modules are taught by weekly seminars where students are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations.
  • Teaching for this MA is provided mainly within the History Department with collaboration from the Professor of Palaeography and other teachers in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
  • Students may receive tuition in a medieval vernacular language if appropriate. It may be possible for students to attend relevant undergraduate lectures such as European History 400-1500 or The Making of Britain 400-1400.
  • Students on the 1 year full-time programme attend between 4-8 hours of taught classes per week. Students following the 2 year part-time MA attend between 2-6 hours of taught classes per week.
MA Early Modern History

Programme convenor: Dr Hannah Dawson 

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules (60 credits)

Optional modules (60 credits)

Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)

Part-time students: take 40 credits of compulsory modules and 20 credits of optional modules in year one, and 20 credits of compulsory modules, the dissertation module and 40 credits of optional modules in year two.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

7AAH0002 Advanced skills for Historians(20 credits)

7AAH2002 Approaches to Early Modern History (40 credits)

Optional modules: Full list of MA modules available

Teaching

The MA in Early Modern History is taught in seminars of 15-20 students, focusing on discussion, with some student presentations.

It may be possible for students who wish to do so to attend some of the relevant undergraduate lectures such as Power, Culture and Belief in Europe 1500-1800 or Early Modern Britain 1500-1750.

Students on the 1 year full-time programme attend between 4-8 hours of taught classes per week. Students following the 2 year part-time MA attend between 2-6 hours of taught classes per week.

MA Modern History

Programme convenor: Dr Chris Dillon

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

  • Compulsory modules (40 credits)
  • Optional modules (80 credits)
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) (60 credits)

Part-time students take 40 credits of compulsory modules and 40 credits of optional modules in year one and 40 credits of optional modules and the dissertation module in year two.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules: Full list of MA modules available

Teaching

MA Contemporary British History

Programme convenor: Professor David Edgerton

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

  • Compulsory modules (60 credits)
  • Optional modules (60 credits)
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) (60 credits)

Part-time students take 60 credits of compulsory modules and 20 credits of optional modules in year one and 40 credits of optional modules and the dissertation modules in year two.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules: Full list of MA modules available

Teaching

  • Modules on the MA in Contemporary British History are taught by weekly seminars where students are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations.
  • It imay be possible for students to attend relevant undergraduate lectures.

Students on the 1 year full-time programme attend between 4-8 hours of taught classes per week. Students following the 2 year part-time MA attend between 2-6 hours of taught classes per week.

MA World History and Cultures

Programme convenor: Dr Max Edling

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

  • Compulsory modules (40 credits)
  • Optional modules (80 credits)
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) (60 credits)

Part-time students take 40 credits of compulsory modules and 40 credits of optional modules in year one and 40 credits of optional modules and the dissertation module in year two.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules: Full list of MA modules available

Teaching

  • Modules on the MA in World History and Cultures are taught by weekly seminars where students are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations.
  • It may be possible for students to attend relevant undergraduate lectures such as The Worlds of the British Empire c.1700-1960.
MA Science, Technology and Medicine in History

NB: This programme has been withdrawn and no longer accepts applications from prospective students

Programme convenor: Professor David Edgerton

The programme provides teaching and research training at postgraduate level in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM). It includes training in the research skills necessary for those who wish to go on to study for a PhD in the field, but is also designed for students who wish simply to study at the postgraduate level. Students are introduced to general themes and approaches to HSTM in a team-taught, programme-specific compulsory module. This explores the development of STM, its implications for history in general, and the historiographical and methodological issues that arise in studying it. Optional modules offer in-depth training in particular aspects of HSTM in different periods and places, with the opportunity to use primary sources where appropriate. The programme culminates in a 15,000-word research dissertation.

Programme structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

  • Compulsory modules (40 credits)
  • Optional modules (80 credits)
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) (60 credits)

Part-time students take 40 credits of compulsory modules and 40 credits of optional modules in year one and 40 credits of optional modules and the dissertation module in year two.

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules: Full list of MA modules available

Teaching

  • Modules on the MA in Science, Technology & Medicine in History are taught by weekly seminars where students are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations.
MRes History

NB: This programme has been withdrawn and no longer accepts applications from prospective students

Programme convener: Dr Max Edling

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

  • 30,000 word dissertation (worth 120 credits)
  • A further 60 credits which varies depending on the pathway being followed (see below for more details)

Pathways

Students on the MRes History programme follow one of four pathways, best suited to their research interests:

Ancient History pathway

Compulsory modules:

One optional module from:

  • Greek or Latin for Research (worth 40 credits)
  • Greek or Latin Epigraphy (worth 40 credits)
  • Greek Papyrology (worth 40 credits)
  • Greek or Latin Palaeography (worth 40 credits)
For further information on these modules please see the Department of Classics module pages.

Medieval History pathway

Compulsory modules:

Early Modern History pathway

Compulsory modules:

A further 20 or 40 credits from:

If applicable, final optional 20 credit module. Optional modules vary but can include:

Modern History pathway

Compulsory modules:

A further 40 credits of optional modules. Optional modules vary but can include:

Programme specifications

For further details, please see the programme specifications page on the College website.

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