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 www.historytoday.com.
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 University School of Slavonic and MA in History East European Studies London University of Manchester MA in History Manchester Metropolitan MA in History University University College, MA in History Northampton 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 Southampton University of Dip/MA in Historical Studies Staffordshire University of Sunderland MA in History University of Wales, MA in History Swansea University of Ulster PG Dip/MA in History University of West of MA in History England University College, Dip/MA in History Worcester
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 History 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 History 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. …