MA Modern British History
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.Watch It
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The MA in Modern British History is a rigorous, exciting and broad-ranging programme, which allows students to explore their own research interests. Students will be taught and supervised by one of the largest concentrations of Modern British historians in the country, who have expertise in political, diplomatic, economic, social, gender and cultural history. The breadth and depth of their research is reflected in the programme, which encourages scholarly debate and independent research.
Why Study Modern British History at UEA?
UEA”s School of History was rated third after Cambridge and Oxford in research intensity. The MA specialism in Modern History gives students the opportunity to work with one of the largest groups of modern historians in the United Kingdom. Distinct areas of specialisation include the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries; the history of nationalism in modern Europe; the social, cultural and political history of modern Britain; and international diplomatic history.
There is ample scope to pursue comparative approaches, for instance around themes of nationalism and national identity, collective memory, gender, political mobilisation, violence and genocide.
This MA programme aims to equip students with the advanced skills and intensive subject knowledge they need to proceed to further research in the academic world, or to enter other fields such as government, the publishing sector, law and journalism.
Content and Structure of the Course
This MA programme, which can be taken either as a one-year full-time programme or a two-year part-time degree, aims to equip students with the advanced skills and intensive subject knowledge they need to proceed to further research in the academic world, or to enter other fields such as government, the publishing sector, law and journalism.
Seminar Options (60 Credits)
Nationalism and Violence in the 20th-century: This innovative module approaches the turbulent history of the twentieth century from a transnational and comparative perspective. Students will engage with a broad variety of topics, including violence against civilians in times of war, racially motivated genocide, wars of national liberation and decolonisation, as well as questions of memory and representation.
The Making of Modern Britain, 1851-1951: This module runs weekly over the course of two semesters. It will enable you to examine a tumultuous period in which Britain was transformed, both at home and in its worldwide role. In the mid-nineteenth century it had become the global hegemon, buoyed by industrial revolution and drawing on British power overseas. By the late nineteenth century, it was already being challenged; two cataclysmic world wars left its power draining away. Or did it? Alternating between Britain within its borders and its role beyond them, this module will allow you to explore a range of topics, questions and approaches to illuminate the period. The module is team-taught by our eight modern British historians, who will draw upon primary material from their own research as the basis for seminar discussion, while the topics of your written work will be defined by you.
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: refugees in modern Europe; urban history; gender; sport and nation in the twentieth century; the French Revolution; the decline of the British Empire; Communism in Europe.
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.
Course Tutors and Research Interests
Jennie Davey: politics, diplomacy and political culture in Modern Britain
Jayne Gifford: Britain’s imperial relations during the inter war period, particularly the Middle East and the development of nationalism, Anglo-Australian relations and colonial violence
Emma Griffin: gender history, the industrial revolution, and working-class life
Geoff Hicks: British political history and foreign policy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Ben Jones: modern British and Irish history, social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, memory studies, urban history, the history of sexuality, class studies and political activism
Anthony Howe: free trade; William Cobden; William Huskisson and the British State; international and national political economy, 18th to 20th centuries
Thomas Otte: diplomatic and international history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Camilla Schofield: the history of postwar immigration, the impact of decolonisation and international development, race politics, ideas of citizenship and the nation in post-war Britain.
This course is also available on a part time basis.
Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:
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.
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.
MA HISTORY DISSERTATION
Dissertation for students taking the MA in Landscape, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern British and Modern European History. 14,000 - 16,000 Words
NATIONALISM AND VIOLENCE IN 20TH CENTURY EUROPE
This innovative and theory-based module approaches the turbulent history of the 'Dark Continent' from a transnational and comparative perspective. Students will engage with a broad variety of topics, including violence against civilians in times of war, racially motivated genocide, wars of national liberation and decolonisation, as well as questions of memory and representation. The course is team-taught and brings together various historians of modern Europe and Britain with an interest in, amongst others, French national identity, the Irish Question, Fascist regimes in Italy and Germany, and multi-nationalism and ethnic cleansing in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
DisclaimerWhilst 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.
- 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 email@example.com
The School's annual intake is in September of each year.
If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.
Fees and Funding
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
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