Magazine article History Today

Postgraduate History

Magazine article History Today

Postgraduate History

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THE APPEAL OF HISTORY at postgraduate level has continued to flourish over the past year, reflected in the ever-expanding array of choice and diversity in the range of courses available. In this survey we look at a selection of courses on offer at institutions around Britain commencing September 2001.

Many departments now recognise that Masters degrees appeal not only to those who wish to pursue a career in research, but also to graduates who desire may to follow up their first degree studies by specialising in a particular area, to those with a personal interest in a related field, as well as to those seeking a vocational course with career advancement in mind.

Accordingly, many postgraduate courses are flexible and can now be studied on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. It is also possible at some institutions for those not wishing to undertake a dissertation to gain a Diploma in Postgraduate Studies by completing a certain number of Masters' modules.

Most Masters degrees involve a core course on skills and research methods, a dissertation which can range from between 10,000 to 30,000 words, and a number of optional modules. Some, in particular ancient and medieval history courses, may require a language or offer the means to become acquainted with a new language.

Further details of most of the courses listed here, and telephone or email contacts, can be found on the History Today website


THE MOST WIDELY available course is the generic MA in History which allows students to devise their own particular pathway through the university module maze. Such courses are as wideranging as the teaching skills of the department permit.

The Leicester Humanities MA is a new course which allows students to link with all other departments in the Arts Faculty, offering combinations not available at undergraduate level.

Cardiff University           MA in History
University of East Anglia    PG Dip/MA in History
University of Exeter         MA in History
University of Glamorgan      MA by Research (History)
University of Glasgow        Diploma/MPhil in History
University of Leicester      MA in the Humanities
Liverpool Hope               MA in History
School of Slavonic and       MA in History
 East European Studies
University of Manchester     MA in History
Manchester Metropolitan      MA in History
University College,          MA in History
Oxford Brookes University    MA in English & Historical Studies
University of Portsmouth     MA in History
College of Ripon & York      MA in Historical Studies
 St John
University of                MA in Historical Studies
University of                Dip/MA in Historical Studies
University of Sunderland     MA in History
University of Wales,         MA in History
University of Ulster         PG Dip/MA in History
University of West of        MA in History
University College,          Dip/MA in History


COURSES IN LOCAL, and Regional History continue to be among the most popular areas of postgraduate study, with many universities covering the social, economic, institutional and landscape history of their own region.

The new MA in London Studies at Birkbeck, London, will deal with cultural and historical issues in the making of the metropolis since the sixteenth century. The new MA in North East History at Newcastle studies the maritime, industrial, political and cultural history of the region.

University of Birmingham    MA in English Local History
University of Cambridge     M.ST in Local History
University of East Anglia   MA in Local and Regional History
                            MA in Landscape History
University of Essex         PG Dip/MA in Local and Regional
University of Exeter        MA in Local and Regional History
Keele University            MA in Local History
King Alfred's, Winchester   PG Dip/MA in Regional and Local
                            History in Archaeology
Kingston University         PG Dip/MA in Local History
Lancaster University        MA in Local and Regional History
University of Liverpool     MA in Local History
Goldsmith's, London         MA in English Local and Regional
Birkbeck College, London    MA in London Studies
Manchester Metropolitan     MA in the History of the
                            Manchester Region
University of               MA in North East (English)
 Newcastle                  History


ALTHOUGH HISTORICAL Research is a compulsory module in most taught postgraduate courses, some universities offer an MA in this subject in its own right. …

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