MA
2022 start September 

American History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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.
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Course description

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 gives you the opportunity to study the historical development of the United States from the first encounter between Europeans and indigenous Americans in the colonial period through to the end of the Cold War.

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Modules

 Modules for 2022 will be confimed soon.

The taught component of the MA is designed to develop your understanding of key historiographical and methodological approaches. You will take a core module, which examines the essential workings of your chosen area of expertise and develops your skills in using relevant sources.

Optional modules allow you to undertake the technical training best suited to your research needs and study major historical themes in closer detail.

The dissertation provides you the opportunity to further develop your skills and apply your historical knowledge to an independent research project.

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

You’ll be taught through seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Teaching and assessment methods may vary for non-history modules.

Staff research strengths

Assessment

Assessment is through written papers, oral presentation, and a dissertation.

Duration

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

Your career

An MA in history will further develop the range of transferable skills at your disposal. You will have the freedom to tailor your research and focus on the skills that are most important to you. We offer modules that are specifically designed to provide you with skills in public history - modules such as Presenting the Past and the work placement, give you real hand-on experience.

These kinds of skills are why our graduates are successful in both further study and a wide range of careers - from lecturing and working in the museum and tourist industry to business management, marketing, law and working in the media.

Supporting PhD progression

We offer tailored support for students planning to progress to PhD study following their MA degree.

Workshops

In Autumn, there will be workshops to help you prepare for writing funding applications. 

These sessions provide you with information about the funding opportunities available at Sheffield and give you the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on your draft research proposal.

You can also speak to current PhD students who have been successful in applying for funding and to review successful applications.

This will enable you to tailor your research proposal to the criteria of major funding bodies and ensure that you are presenting your research, suitability and fit in the strongest way possible.

One-to-one support

You will be encouraged to engage in one-to-one sessions with your proposed supervisor. They will be able to offer tailored support in devising and developing your research project and identifying appropriate research material.

Your supervisor will also offer guidance on how to best present the originality; intellectual purpose and research context of your proposal ensuring that you are framing your approach and rationale for undertaking your project and successfully identifying why your suitability for undertaking the project and why your proposed supervisor - and Sheffield more generally - are a strong fit for your research.

You will be encouraged to begin speaking to your proposed supervisor early to ensure that you have plenty of time to work with them and develop a strong project and well written proposal.

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.

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

Pathway programme for international students

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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

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Contact

history.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2552

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Our student protection plan

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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