MA Early Modern History

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Recognised as a leading department within the UK, History at UEA has a chronological range from the collapse of the Roman empire to the present day, a geographical scope covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, and experts in political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, diplomatic and intellectual history.

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Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Key facts

(Times Higher Education REF 2014 Subject Rankings)

This course offers an original and in-depth examination of power, ideology, culture and social change between 1500 and 1750. It provides students with all the skills needed by an early modern historian, including palaeography (reading sixteenth- and seventeenth-century handwriting), using manuscripts and other primary sources, conceptualizing research topics, and writing up the results with emphasis on correct referencing and bibliographical conventions. Guidance will also be given on how to present research findings orally.

Overview

Why Study Early Modern History at UEA?

Our MA specialism in Early Modern history offers an original and in-depth examination of power, ideology, culture and social change between 1500 and 1750. Our training provides students with all the skills needed to work as an early modern historian, including palaeography (reading sixteenth- and seventeenth-century handwriting), using manuscripts and other primary sources, conceptualizing research topics, and writing up the results with emphasis on correct referencing and bibliographical conventions. Guidance will also be given on how to present research findings orally. 

Content and Structure of the Course

Society, Politics and Culture in Early Modern World (50 credits)

Over the course of two semesters, students will consider how historians’ approach to the study of early modern world has evolved.  Seminars will encourage students to consider how the current state of the field relates to their own research by examining themes of social, intellectual and cultural history alongside the religious and the political.  The course seeks to emphasise the varied nature of sources available for the study of early modern history by introducing students to a range of primary material, including non-written evidence. 

Different members of staff will present an aspect of their own research and encourage discussion and debate. Students’ own research skills will be developed through seminars and practical workshops in order to prepare them successfully for the planning and writing of their own dissertation.

English Paleography (10 credits) 

This module runs in the Autumn Semester. An essential component for any student intending to use early modern manuscripts, covering handwriting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Any student also needing to learn Latin paleography may, by arrangement, sit in on the medievalists’ class.

Historical Research Skills (20 credits)

Over the year, students will be trained in the practice of being a professional historian in our Historical Research Skills seminars and workshops. Practical employability skills and professional development will be emphasized throughout the year. Seminars and workshops are facilitated by academics in the School of History who are specialists in a particular theoretical approach or research method. This module helps to develop students’ key transferable skills in identifying, using and interpreting different forms of data and in the oral and written presentation of research. Topics include: using state archives; biography as history; approaches to studying everyday lives; how to write conference papers; academic publishing; and writing grant and PhD applications. 

Specialist Tutorials (20 credits)

Our Specialist Tutorials give students the opportunity to choose one topic from a wide array of options relating to the Early Modern period so that they can develop a clear postgraduate historical expertise. Students will work closely in tutorial sessions over the academic year with an active researcher in their chosen field. Students will work with secondary and/or primary source material to gain a strong grounding in the major historiographical questions of the research area. This will give them the historiographical knowledge to produce new, original historical research. The range of tutorial options will vary each year, reflecting the availability and expertise of specific teaching staff. Topics may include: The Atlantic World; A History of Gender, 1500-1900; A History of Emotion; The Political History of the Early Modern Period; Religion in the Early Modern Period; and Urban History. 

The Dissertation (80 credits)

The culmination of our programme is the Dissertation in History. With guidance and support, you will pursue an independent piece of historical research of your own devising. The MA Dissertation is undertaken mainly in the second half of the degree and supervised by one or more members of the School. 

Please email Professor Malcolm Gaskill if you have any questions about our offerings in the 2017/18 academic year.

This course is also available on a part time basis.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

ENGLISH PALEOGRAPHY

This module is essential for all historians and archaeologists who wish to be able to read the handwriting of the period that they are researching! This can be demanding, but also fun.

HIS-7018A

10

HISTORICAL RESEARCH SKILLS

Historical Research Skills focuses on the professional craft of the historian. Seminars will be facilitated by members of the School of History who are specialists in particular historical approaches and methodologies. Each seminar will investigate the methods used by scholars to interrogate a range of sources. The module seeks to be inclusive and address archives covering a broad chronology, geography and form. This module offers students transferable skills in identifying, using and interpreting different forms of data. It is team-taught and the precise content of seminar topics may vary in any given academic year according to the availabilty of specific teaching staff. Topics covered may include: using legal and government documents; micro/macro histories; material and visual cultures; digital humanities; life narratives and collective memory; history and literature; comparative and transnational histories.

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20

HISTORY - SPECIALIST TUTORIALS

Specialist Tutorials give students the opportunity to choose one topic from a wide array of options, so that they can specialise in the area of history that interests them most. Students will work closely in tutorial sessions with an expert in their chosen field. They will work with secondary and/or primary source material to gain a strong grounding in the major historiographical questions of the research area. This will give them the historiographical knowledge to contribute new, original work to the historical literature in the MA History Dissertation. The range of tutorial options will vary each year, reflecting the availability and expertise of academic staff. Meeting times and locations will be established at the beginning of the year between staff and student.

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20

MA HISTORY DISSERTATION

Dissertation for students taking the MA in the School of History. 14,000 - 16,000 Words

HIS-7019X

80

SOCIETY, POLITICS AND CULTURE IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD

This module provides a thorough grounding in approaches to early modern history - historiographically, thematically, and methodologically. We cover religious, political, social and cultural history, and also focus more closely on topics such as mentalities, social relations, gender, Atlantic history, and the rhythms and structures of daily life. A great deal of attention is paid to helping students to decide on a dissertation topic, to identify and interpret primary sources, and to conceptualize a historical problem. We also demonstrate some of the obstacles and opportunities of historical research through a series of case-studies drawn from the module tutors' own work, looking at various subjects, such as revolution, evangelism, colonization and urban history.

HIS-7017Y

50

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject History or a related subject
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry 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. This should be uploaded to your online application.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

There are a variety of scholarships and studentships available to postgraduate applicants in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. For further information relevant to the School of History, please click here.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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