MA American History
Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Studying history can lead to a career that enriches people's lives and makes a valuable contribution to the world.
Our research and teaching are world class. But what really sets Sheffield apart is our passion for public engagement. We can help you turn your fascination with history into a rewarding career that enriches people's lives.
All our MAs have an optional work experience module.
Our staff are respected researchers and writers whose work captures the world's imagination.
About the course
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.
Our optional work placement module gives you the chance to share your enthusiasm for the subject, working on a project with one of our partners in the arts, culture and heritage sectors.
We'll give you training in research skills. Supervised by an academic, you'll research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
This course 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.
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.
Our staff and students
Our teaching staff are all active researchers. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us third equal in the UK for research excellence. This research informs what we teach.
Our students are active too. They organise social activities and trips. In discussion groups, seminars and conferences you can get together with staff and students from Sheffield and other universities to share ideas.
We're based in a new, purpose-built facility for the arts and humanities. The building has modern teaching and research facilities and dedicated postgraduate study areas.
Our courses are designed to prepare you for a career. We also provide professional development for teachers, writers and curators.
Careers advice is available from the moment you start your course. Our graduates work in the heritage and museum sector, journalism, teaching, law, NGOs and the civil service.
History with work experience
All our MAs have an optional work experience module. You could carry out archive work for a country house, assist with research for a public exhibition, or design online learning materials for school children studying history.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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