2020 start

Modern History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Group of three postgraduate history students

Course description

Historians have long been fascinated by modernity and the societies to which it gave rise. The MA Modern History explores these changes, allowing you to investigate the political cleavages and cultural uncertainty unleashed by the great revolutions, the mobilisations and resistance of the two world wars, and the transnational forces of empire and globalisation.

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Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • Modernity and Power
  • Individuals and the State in the Modern World
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Cold War Histories
  • Sex and Power: The Politics of Women’s Liberation in Modern Britain
  • Voices of the Great War: Gender, Experience and Violence in Great Britain and Germany, 1914–1918
  • Medical Humanity? Medicine and Identity
  • Imagining the Republic: Irish Republicanism, 1798–1998
  • Under Attack: The Home Front during the Cold War
  • Borders in 20th Century Europe


You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials.


Core assessment is through written papers, oral presentation, and a dissertation.


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

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in history or another humanities or social science discipline.

You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Dr Eirini Karamouzi, Department of History

What is Cold War? Whose Cold War was it? How many of the post-war developments and conflicts did it encompass? Should we approach it as a global conflict, a bipolar rivalry or a struggle for Europe and the Third World? Are we currently experiencing a new Cold War? My MA module on Cold War Histories explores these key definitional dilemmas and redefines our understanding of the Cold War today.

Dr Eirini Karamouzi
Teaches modules on the MA Modern History


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.