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MA Historical Research

 

Course code: HSTT15 (full-time) | HSTT16 (part-time)
Duration: 1 year (full-time) | 2 years (part-time)

Entry requirements and applying

The MA in Historical Research offers a flexible approach to postgraduate study. The programme is individually tailored to suit your own research interests, giving you considerable freedom to shape your learning experience. The MA in Historical Research also provides you with excellent preparation for a future research degree in History.

Sheffield's long and distinguished tradition in History continues today with a group of internationally-renowned scholars working at the cutting-edge of their fields. With over 40 members of academic staff, and broad research specialisms in medieval, early modern, modern, American, and global history, the Department of History is the ideal place to further your own interests. You will find a supportive and stimulating study environment, with plenty of opportunities to develop your research skills and knowledge base. You will also receive tailored advice to help you prepare for further study in History at doctoral level.    

Our academics' specialisms Thematic MA programmes

A vibrant research community

The Department is a thriving research community and we actively encourage our MA students to make the most of their time at Sheffield by getting involved in our research activities and events, as well as organising their own through the Postgraduate Forum. This vibrant research culture and postgraduate community helps to disseminate research-led findings and facilitate lively and exhaustive historical debate.

The Department has its own research seminar series, which runs regularly during semester-time and covers a huge range of topics. There are also a range of research centres and networks many of which are interdisciplinary or focus on cross-cutting research themes. These include the Medieval and Ancient Research Centre, the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies; the Cultures of the Cold War Network; the Centre for Contemporary and Modern History; the Borders, States and Citizens Network and Medical Humanities Sheffield. These centres all have their own seminar series and often incorporate postgraduate-led events such as Researchers in Early and Late Medieval Studies and the Early Modern Discussion Group. Students also run a number of additional discussion groups including the Sheffield Modern International History Group and the Gender History Discussion Group.

Departmental research culture Postgraduate community


How it works

Overview

The taught component of the MA is designed to both develop your understanding of key historiographical and methodological approaches though a core module, which examines the essential workings of your chosen area of expertise and develops your skills in using relevant sources. You can also undertake the language and technical training best suited to your research needs and elect to study major historical themes in closer detail. The dissertation will provide you with the opportunity to further develop the skills and methods that you learn during your taught modules and to apply this historical knowledge to your independent investigation.

Full-time

You will choose modules totalling 180 credits over the full year of study - this includes 120 credits of taught modules plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

You will take three core modules worth 105 credits and your remaining 75 credits will be made up of a selection of option modules.

Part-time

You will choose modules totalling 180 credits over the two years of study - this includes 120 credits of taught modules plus a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

You will take three core modules worth 105 credits - an approaches module (year one) and both the Research Presentation and the Dissertation (year two). Your remaining 75 credits will be made up of a selection of option modules. We recommend spreading your overall credits evenly across both years of study to create a balanced workload.

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Core modules

You will take two core modules and one approaches module

Core modules

Credits

Semester

Year (Part-time students)

HST6560: Dissertation

Provides you with the opportunity to further develop the skills and methods that you learn during your taught modules and to apply this historical knowledge to your investigation. You will work under the supervision of an expert member of staff to complete an original 15,000 word piece of independent research.

60 1 + 2 2

HST6802: Research Presentation

Designed to equip you with the skills and experience that you need to present and communicate a defined historical research project to an academic audience.

15 2 2

 

Approaches modules

Credits

Semester

Year (Part-time students)

HST6601: Approaching the Middle Ages

Will provide you with a grounding in key themes and debates in current medieval research. Seminars will focus on historiographical developments and new methodological approaches to familiar problems. You will also be introduced to technical and methodological problems associated with the effective use and interpretation of pre-modern sources.

30 1 1

HST6602: Early Modernities

Will focus on critical analysis of the many ways in which assumptions about 'pre-modern' and 'modern' cultures and societies have shaped historians' approches to the early modern period. Seminars will focus on ideas of individuality and self-hood in the early modern period. You will also be introduced to technical and methodological problems associated with the effective use and interpretation of pre-modern sources.

30 1 1

HST6603: Modernity & Power: Individuals & The State In The Modern World

Introduces you to the challenges of study modern history at an advanced level and the particular questions about perspective and interpretation that are raised. Seminars will focus on key themes and developments in recent historiography including an engagment with the use of interdisciplinary approaches.

30 1 1

HST6604: Approaches to the American Past

Explores key themes in American history from the colonial period through to the modern era, introducing you to important debates and giving you an awareness of principal historiographical schools and the critical interrelationship between historical trends, events and scholarly interpretations of the past. Seminars will cover topics such as Native American history, consumption, gender, slavery, ethinicity, the Cold War and the New Left.

30 1 1

HST6606: The World in Connection: Themes in Global History

Introduces you to some of the most important and innovative themes, debates and controversies relating to global history and its linked fields of imperial, international, transnational, transregional and world history. Seminars will focus on understanding of global forces, structures and processes that have shaped and reshaped our world, including empires, trade, technology, religion, decolonisation, migration, war, diplomacy, humanitarianism, disease and the environment.  

30 1 1
Research Skills modules

You will choose 15 credits of research skills modules

Another relevant language may be substituted for Latin subject to approval. If you would like to take more than 15 credits, these modules are also available as option modules.

Please note that the list of modules below includes the full range of option modules that we offer. A selection of these will be available each session and the exact programme varies from year to year. We are usually able to release the provisional programme for next year in late spring/early summer, which may also include the addition of new modules. *

Module

Credits

Semester

Year (Part-time students)

HST6801: Research Skills for Historians 15   1 or 2
HST6803: Directed Reading
*semester may depend on staff availability
15 1 or 2* 1 or 2
HST6850: Palaeography 15   1 or 2
MLT116A: Latin Beginners 1 & MLT6061 Enhanced Languages Project 15 1 1 or 2
MLT116B: Latin Beginners 2 & MLT6062 Enhanced Languages Project
(pre-requisite: you must take MLT116A & MLT6061 above)
15 2 1 or 2
MLT2116: Latin Post-Beginners 1 & MLT6061 Enhanced Languages Project 15 1 1 or 2
MLT2117: Latin Post-Beginners 2 & MLT6062 Enhanced Languages Project
(pre-requisite: you must take MLT2116 & MLT6061 above)
15 2 1 or 2
Option modules

You will choose 60 credits of option modules

This 60 credit selection can include up to 30 credits of non-history modules cross-listed from other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (see Non-history modules tab).

Please note that the list of modules below includes the full range of option modules that we offer. A selection of these will be available each session and the exact programme varies from year to year. We are usually able to release the provisional programme for next year in late spring/early summer, which may also include the addition of new modules.*

You can also view information about staff by looking at the thematic MA programme(s) most relevant to your area of interests. We will also update these pages with information about staff availability for the 2018-19 academic year in late spring/early summer.

Module

Credits

Semester

Year (Part-time students)

HST680: Media and Political Culture in Modern Britain 15   1 or 2
HST681: Work Placement 15 1 and 2 1 or 2
HST694: Revolutionary England, 1640-1660: Politics, Culture and Society 15   1 or 2
HST699: The United States in Vietnam, 1945-1975 15   1 or 2
HST6031: The Dawn of Modernity in the Late Middle Ages 15   1 or 2
HST6042: Presenting the Past: Making History Public 15   1 or 2
HST6043: Burying the White Gods: Indigenous People in the Early Modern Colonial World 15   1 or 2
HST6044: Universal Reform in Revolutionary England: Exploring the Hartlib Papers 15   1 or 2
HST6046: Sex and Power: The Politics of Women's Liberation in Modern Britain 15   1 or 2
HST6049: Policing the Family: Welfare, Eugenics and Love in early 20th century Britain 15   1 or 2
HST6053: Debating Cultural Imperialism in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire 15   1 or 2
HST6054: Language and Society in Early Modern England 15   1 or 2
HST6055: Microhistory and the History of Everyday Life 15   1 or 2
HST6062: Cold War Histories 15   1 or 2
HST6066: Autobiography, Identity and the Self in Muslim South Asia 15   1 or 2
HST6067: Church, Life, and Law in the Central Middle Ages 15   1 or 2
HST6068: The Japanese Empire in East Asia, 1895-1945 15   1 or 2
HST6069: Worlds of Labour: Working Class Lives in Colonial South Asia 15   1 or 2
HST6071: Life Stories: Men and Women in War and Revolution, 1936-1949 15   1 or 2
HST6072: Voices of the Great War: Gender, Experience and Violence in Great Britain and Germany, 1914-1918 15   1 or 2
HST6073: Medical Humanity? Medicine and Identity 15   1 or 2
HST6074: Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses 15   1 or 2
HST6075: Human Rights in History 15   1 or 2
HST6076: International Order in the Twentieth Century 15   1 or 2
HST6077: The U.S. Civil War in Global Context 15   1 or 2
HST6078: The United States and the Global 1970s 15   1 or 2
HST6079: Early Medieval Clerical Exemption in a Digital Age 15   1 or 2
HST6081: Islands and Isolation in European History, 1517-2017 15   1 or 2
HST6082: Imagining the Republic: Irish Republicanism, 1798-1998 15   1 or 2
HST6083: Borders in 20th Century Europe 15   1 or 2
HST6084: Writing Late Antique Lives 15   1 or 2
HST6085: Under Attack: The Home Front during the Cold War 15   1 or 2
HST6087: Before Facebook: Social Networks in History 15   1 or 2
HST6088: New York City and the End of the 20th Century 15   1 or 2
HST6801: Research Skills for Historians 15   1 or 2
HST6803: Directed Reading 
*semester may depend on staff availability
(only available to students registered on the MA in Historical Research)
15 1 or 2* 1 or 2
HST6850: Palaeography 15   1 or 2
HST6852: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Modern Europe 15   1 or 2
Non-history modules

Please note that teaching and assessment methods may vary for non-History modules. You can request to take a module not listed below (subject to availability) as part of provisional module choice, any requested modules should be relevant to your programme of study. Information about other available language modules is available here. 

Please note that the list of modules below includes the full range of option modules that are cross-listed from our partner departments within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. A selection of these will be available each session and the exact programme varies from year to year. We are usually able to release the provisional programme for next year in late spring/early summer, which may also include the addition of new modules*

Module

Credits

Semester

Year (Part-time students)

AAP637: Heritage, Place and Community 15   1 or 2
AAP6068: Greeks, Romans and 'Others' in the Ancient World 15   1 or 2
AAP6102: Heritage, History and Identity 15   1 or 2
AAP6107: Roman Italy and its Hinterland 15   1 or 2
AAP6219: Digital Cultural Heritage: Theory and Practice 15   1 or 2
EGH622: Murderers and Degenerates: Contextualising the fin de siecle Gothic 30   1 or 2
EGH6023: Reconsidering the Renaissance 30   1 or 2
LIT631: Post-war British Drama, Film and TV 30   1 or 2
LIT635: Confession 30   1 or 2
LIT636: Love, Death, and Destiny: The Ancient Novel 30   1 or 2
LIT637: Victorian Bodies 30   1 or 2
LIT651: I want a hero: Romantic and Victorian Epic 30   1 or 2
LIT699: New African Literatures 30   1 or 2
LIT6007: Rise of the Gothic, 1790-1890 30   1 or 2
LIT6011: Fiction and Reality, 1848-1859 30   1 or 2
LIT6021: Exchanging Letters: Art and Correspondence in Twentieth-Century American Culture 30   1 or 2
LIT6039: Poetry and History 30   1 or 2
LIT6045: Humans, Animals, Monsters & Machines: From Gulliver's Travels to King Kong 30   1 or 2
LIT6046: Rocket-State Cosmology: Cold War Techno Culture 30   1 or 2
LIT6047: Early Modern Books 15   1 or 2
LIT6090: Romantic Gothic 30   1 or 2
LIT6340: British Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century: Union, Divergence and Death 30   1 or 2
LIT6351: Topics in American Postmodernism: Postmodernism to Neoconservatism in American Culture 30   1 or 2
LIT6360: Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Literature 30   1 or 2
LIT6700: 'Tales of the City' - The Living Space in Contemporary American Fiction 30   1 or 2
MLT116A: Latin Beginners 1 & MLT6061 Enhanced Languages Project 15 1 1 or 2
MLT116B: Latin Beginners 2 & MLT6062 Enhanced Languages Project
(pre-requisite: you must take MLT116A & MLT6061 above)
15 2 1 or 2
MLT2116: Latin Post-Beginners 1 & MLT6061 Enhanced Languages Project 15 1 1 or 2
MLT2117: Latin Post-Beginners 2 & MLT6062 Enhanced Languages Project
(pre-requisite: you must take MLT2116 & MLT6061 above)
15 2 1 or 2

Teaching and assessment

Our MA teaching focusses on small group seminars and masterclasses complimented by individual tutorials and supervision sessions. Seminars are usually two hours long and range from around 5-15 students in size. Teaching takes place between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 30 credit core modules run for 10 weeks and most 15 credit modules run for 5 weeks.

Assessment focusses on essays and a dissertation complimented by oral assessment in the Research Presentation module. Essays usually look to explore the key themes of the module and engage with current historical debate through a question of your choosing. The Directed Reading module, will allow you to explore in depth an area connected to your proposed PhD topic. Our public history modules also offer the opportunity to undertake group work and/or develop writing styles appropriate for different academic and non-academic audiences.

Timetable and deadlines

Tailor your degree

Our MA degrees are carefully designed to allow you to build a programme that suits your needs: supporting your progression to PhD research, as well as allowing you to aid your career development and expand your knowledge in your chosen area of history.

To support PhD progression, we offer both individual and group support to help you develop your ideas and write a strong research proposal suitable for funding applications. In addition to the skills and knowledge that you will develop through your core modules, you can use the option modules to focus on the areas most relevant to you including the option to gain experience in public history.

PhD progression Skills development Public history


Entry requirements

Students wishing to take this programme should normally have a first class mark, or equivalent, in a Bachelors degree in history or a related subject (i.e. English, languages, politics, philosophy, archaeology or journalism) from a recognised UK or overseas university.

If you are an international student, you need to provide proof of English Language proficiency with a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Applying

You can apply for one of our MA programmes using our online application form. There is no formal deadline for applying and we can usually accept applications until mid-August for entry that September.

You'll find the answer to many common questions such as what supporting documents to provide and what to include in your statement on our Common questions page. 

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* Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.