MA Global History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A thriving postgraduate community built on world-leading research and imaginative teaching.

I'm passionate about following an academic career path, and one day I hope to teach and research in universities, in the UK and abroad. The tutors are always enthusiastic, and the overall friendliness of the department - and the University - means it's easy to build good working relationships with your supervisors.

Claudia Rogers, Postgraduate student in Department of History

About the course

Course description 2018

One of Britain’s leading centres for the postgraduate study of Global, International and Imperial Histories.

The Department of History brings together internationally recognised expertise in the histories of South, East and Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as in the wider history of imperialism, decolonisation, migration, war, humanitarianism and globalisation.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • The World in Connection: Themes in Global History
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Debating Cultural Imperialism in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire
  • The Japanese Empire in East Asia, 1895–1945
  • International Order in the Twentieth Century
  • Worlds of Labour: Working Class Lives in Colonial South Asia

Teaching and assessment

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.

Part-time study

All our masters can be taken part-time. Seminars are held during working hours (9am–6pm) – there are no lectures. The number of contact hours will vary over the two years, but you’ll usually have at least one two-hour seminar each week. You’ll take one core module each year and the rest of your course will be made up from optional modules giving you plenty of choice and flexibility over what you study.

Course duration

1 year full time, 2 years part time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree 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

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Fees and funding

University and AHRC Studentships are available. Please contact us or see our website for further details. You'll need to submit your application by the University deadline in March preceding a September entry.

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: history@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2552

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