MA American History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A thriving postgraduate community built on world-leading research and imaginative teaching.

I'm passionate about following an academic career path, and one day I hope to teach and research in universities, in the UK and abroad. The tutors are always enthusiastic, and the overall friendliness of the department - and the University - means it's easy to build good working relationships with your supervisors.

Claudia Rogers, Postgraduate student in Department of History

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Research presentation
  • Approaches to the American Past
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Another Country: America and the Problem of Decolonisation
  • Jacksonian America
  • 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

  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials

Assessment

  • Bibliographical and source-based exercises
  • Written papers
  • Oral presentation
  • Dissertation (15,000 words)

Part-time study

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

September 2017 start

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.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • Approaches to the American Past
  • Dissertation

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.

Part-time study

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

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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.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: history@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2552

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.