MA American History
Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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About the course
Course description 2017
Contemporary politics shows that there is more need than ever for critical understanding of the formative political, social, economic and intellectual trends in American history.
This MA allows you to study the historical development of the United States from the first encounter between Europeans and Native Americans in the colonial period through to the end of the Cold War.
- Research Presentation
- Approaches to the American Past
Examples of optional modules
- Another Country: America and the Problem of Decolonisation
- City Life in Jacksonian America, 1828-1850
- Burying the White Gods: Indigenous People in the Early Modern Colonial World
- A People’s Conflict: The Union and the US Civil War
- Eighteenth-century British American Colonies
Teaching and assessment
You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials. Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, and a 15,000 word dissertation.
All our masters can be taken part-time. Seminars are held during working hours (9am–6pm) – there are no lectures. The number of contact hours will vary over the two years, but you’ll usually have at least one two-hour seminar each week.
You’ll take one core module each year and the rest of your course will be made up from optional modules giving you plenty of choice and flexibility over what you study.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university
You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
University and AHRC Studentships are available. Please contact us or see our website for further details. You'll need to submit your application by the University deadline in March preceding a September entry.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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