MA Modern 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

September 2018 start

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 explore 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.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

  • Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century
  • 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

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 or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university

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.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Dr Eirini Karamouzi

Dr Eirini Karamouzi

Teaches:
Modules on the MA Modern 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 is 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.

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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.