2019 start

Early Modern History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Group of three postgraduate history students

Course description

This course looks at the economic, political, social and cultural changes that were seen throughout the world between c.1500 and c.1800, allowing you to explore this momentous period with a group of internationally renowned scholars.

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Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • Early Modernities
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Burying the White Gods: Indigenous People in the Early Modern Colonial World
  • Universal Reform in Revolutionary England: Exploring the Hartlib Papers
  • Language and Society in Early Modern England
  • Microhistory and the History of Everyday Life
  • Palaeography
  • Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Modern Europe


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.


  • 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.

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


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

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