Why did you choose to take a History MA programme? and why did you choose Sheffield particularly?
Coming back to Sheffield was a no-brainer for me. As an undergraduate, I had a great experience here, with a wide range of topics and areas taught by excellent staff. I chose Medieval History because it fascinates me and the unfamiliarity of the period forced out of my comfort zone.
Tell us a bit about the course...
The course examines the period starting from the transformation of the Roman World all the way up to the establishment of the inquisition and the 'Persecuting Society' by the fourteenth century. Once we had surveyed the Medieval period, we looked deeper into methodological questions and forms of evidence, such as archaeology, texts, art and law-codes. In addition to this, I have taken public history and archaeology modules, which look at how history can be disseminated to audiences other than the academy.
What are the benefits of postgraduate study?
Postgraduate study provides an opportunity to really get to grips with a subject of interest and you really have the freedom to study what you want. As a postgraduate, you are also given the chance to engage with the department through research seminars and reading groups, giving you a taste of a career in academia.
What advice would you give to others considering postgraduate study?
Postgraduate study is a big step up from undergraduate, so don't think it will be an easy transition! However, it is highly rewarding and engaging and I would recommend it to anyone who has a real desire to study at a higher level. Think about what areas interest you and look for appropriate courses and whether it is feasible financially to undertake a postgraduate course.