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Would you like to participate in a dynamic and flexible course that can be tailored to meet your interests and career aspirations?

The MA History course will introduce you to rich historical subjects, as well as how to complete historical research in the digital age. All modules will be taught by staff who are experts in their field and draw upon their expertise to enhance your learning experience.

Offering a flexible approach to study, this course incorporates five core modules, which mix conventional historical study with training in research methods. We include close consideration of the big interpretative questions, animating the study of history today. A particular strength of the course is how it familiarises students with digital history projects and contemporary debates.

These taught modules provide you with the skills needed to write your dissertation on a subject of your choice. Working with a specialist supervisor, your dissertation topic will reflect your interests and showcase your knowledge throughout your degree.

You will be supported throughout your degree by your specialist supervisor as well as the staff working in the Department of History at Northumbria University. The department is made up of around 30 historians, all of which are active in publishing journal articles and books when not teaching. They specialise in a range of different time periods, geographical regions and incorporate a variety of different approaches to history. Our staff are very approachable and always keen to hear what our students are working on.  

Throughout your postgraduate studies, you will have access to our leading learning facilities, and you will be welcome at academic events and seminars hosted by the new Institute of the Humanities. This includes the fortnightly History Research Seminar, where we welcome historians from throughout the world to show us their latest research.

Master of Research opportunity

If you already have quite a clear idea about a particular topic you’d like to explore, or you’re interested in a research-based career, then you might want to consider our History MRes.

Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria here

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department
Humanities

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,350

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

HI7001 -

Historical Contexts (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn how to identify the intellectual, social, and cultural contexts that inform advanced research in historical studies. The module trains you in the skills necessary to compile historiographical material and develop theoretical knowledge about the past, including contextual analysis, source scrutiny, and understanding the ever-changing state of the historical field. These skills have major implications for your research. Most importantly, you will explore the methods and critical theories that define the study of your particular field of history. Thus, your curiosity and inquisitiveness underpin the direction of assessment. You will need to collect, sift, and analyse the secondary sources that dominate the historical understanding of your research topic. The module provides an overview of the ways in which historical writing has changed over time, and considers how theory and conceptual thinking has influenced historians. You will also learn how the historiography has developed in relation to your own research topic.

More information

HI7004 -

War and Peace in Historical Perspective (Core,30 Credits)

What were the social, cultural and political consequences of war? How have people analysed violence of varying kinds to include war, atrocity and genocide, and how have they tried to prevent or end such acts? The module invites you to explore these questions from a variety of angles, drawing on approaches from political history, cultural history and the history of ideas. We will address debates on, and experiences of, conflict, peace-making and justice in different historical contexts – from the early modern period to the contemporary world.

The module is divided into three parts: ‘Theories and Thinkers’, ‘Conflicts in Context’ and ‘Peace, Justice and Prevention’. In the first section, we will analyse influential theories of war, conflict and genocide. The second section investigates different types of conflict, from civil war to total war to genocide in detail. The final section allows you to explore different attempts to create a more peaceful world including ending wars/violence, legal frameworks and restorative justice as well as early warning/prevention of genocide.

More information

HI7005 -

History in the Digital Age: Institutions, Issues and Ideas (Core,30 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the advantages and potential pitfalls of doing History in the digital age. In doing so, you will develop skills that are essential for postgraduate research. The module develops your understanding of the relationship between planning research (formulating research questions, considering methodology), doing research (using a range of digital and traditional investigative techniques) and reflecting upon research (data handling and organization, the politics and ethics of research and reflective practice for writing). The module is designed to prepare you to collect, interpret and disseminate research as a means of supporting all of the modules that you take at Masters level. Crucially, the module equips you with the conceptual tools needed to approach your extended research project, the dissertation.

Throughout the module, you will consider the advantages and disadvantages of studying History in the 21st century. You will consider the historical, cultural and political role of archives, libraries and museums, but also the way in which digitized sources, digital research tool and the internet are shaping the nature of research. You will reflect on how digital methods differ from more traditional forms of historical enquiry, and how you, as a historian, can best use new technologies to develop your work.

More information

HI7007 -

The British Empire and its Imperial Rivals (Core,30 Credits)

You will consider the British imperial experience from the 1707 Act of Union with Scotland to the ‘new imperialism’ of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will also explore the British Empire’s relationship with the other modern European empires. The approach is largely thematic. After an introductory week that explores the ways in which twentieth and twenty-first scholars have studied and theorised empire, you will move on to consider the British Empire’s changing character through an exploration of several broad themes. In addition to examining the British Empire’s relationship with racial, religious and cultural difference; you will also consider how peoples and places were settled and subjugated, how the empire was organised politically and economically, and how the empire legitimated itself. Each theme connects to a common set of questions: What motors drove imperial expansion? How was the empire organised politically, and how did the British Empire deal with ethnic minorities, religious diversity and cultural difference? How peoples and places were subjugated? Was every conquered group deemed capable of assimilation? The second half of the module compares the British imperial experience with those of France, the Ottomans and America. You will consider how these different empires interacted, whether the British imperial experience was distinct, and whether these other empires dealt with religion, race and cultural difference in the same way as the British.

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HI7010 -

History Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will be provided with the skills to complete a dissertation on a topic that you will negotiate with your supervisor. The History dissertation represents the culmination of your postgraduate studies. It will enable you to apply the skills you have acquired in core modules and options to a discrete body of primary sources related to an identifiable area of historical enquiry. It is an exercise in research and is intended to develop your research skills and your ability to work independently. Dissertation topics will be supervised by an expert in the field who will guide you through the various stages of formulating, researching and writing this substantial piece of work

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

HI7001 -

Historical Contexts (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn how to identify the intellectual, social, and cultural contexts that inform advanced research in historical studies. The module trains you in the skills necessary to compile historiographical material and develop theoretical knowledge about the past, including contextual analysis, source scrutiny, and understanding the ever-changing state of the historical field. These skills have major implications for your research. Most importantly, you will explore the methods and critical theories that define the study of your particular field of history. Thus, your curiosity and inquisitiveness underpin the direction of assessment. You will need to collect, sift, and analyse the secondary sources that dominate the historical understanding of your research topic. The module provides an overview of the ways in which historical writing has changed over time, and considers how theory and conceptual thinking has influenced historians. You will also learn how the historiography has developed in relation to your own research topic.

More information

HI7004 -

War and Peace in Historical Perspective (Core,30 Credits)

What were the social, cultural and political consequences of war? How have people analysed violence of varying kinds to include war, atrocity and genocide, and how have they tried to prevent or end such acts? The module invites you to explore these questions from a variety of angles, drawing on approaches from political history, cultural history and the history of ideas. We will address debates on, and experiences of, conflict, peace-making and justice in different historical contexts – from the early modern period to the contemporary world.

The module is divided into three parts: ‘Theories and Thinkers’, ‘Conflicts in Context’ and ‘Peace, Justice and Prevention’. In the first section, we will analyse influential theories of war, conflict and genocide. The second section investigates different types of conflict, from civil war to total war to genocide in detail. The final section allows you to explore different attempts to create a more peaceful world including ending wars/violence, legal frameworks and restorative justice as well as early warning/prevention of genocide.

More information

HI7005 -

History in the Digital Age: Institutions, Issues and Ideas (Core,30 Credits)

In this module, you will learn about the advantages and potential pitfalls of doing History in the digital age. In doing so, you will develop skills that are essential for postgraduate research. The module develops your understanding of the relationship between planning research (formulating research questions, considering methodology), doing research (using a range of digital and traditional investigative techniques) and reflecting upon research (data handling and organization, the politics and ethics of research and reflective practice for writing). The module is designed to prepare you to collect, interpret and disseminate research as a means of supporting all of the modules that you take at Masters level. Crucially, the module equips you with the conceptual tools needed to approach your extended research project, the dissertation.

Throughout the module, you will consider the advantages and disadvantages of studying History in the 21st century. You will consider the historical, cultural and political role of archives, libraries and museums, but also the way in which digitized sources, digital research tool and the internet are shaping the nature of research. You will reflect on how digital methods differ from more traditional forms of historical enquiry, and how you, as a historian, can best use new technologies to develop your work.

More information

HI7007 -

The British Empire and its Imperial Rivals (Core,30 Credits)

You will consider the British imperial experience from the 1707 Act of Union with Scotland to the ‘new imperialism’ of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will also explore the British Empire’s relationship with the other modern European empires. The approach is largely thematic. After an introductory week that explores the ways in which twentieth and twenty-first scholars have studied and theorised empire, you will move on to consider the British Empire’s changing character through an exploration of several broad themes. In addition to examining the British Empire’s relationship with racial, religious and cultural difference; you will also consider how peoples and places were settled and subjugated, how the empire was organised politically and economically, and how the empire legitimated itself. Each theme connects to a common set of questions: What motors drove imperial expansion? How was the empire organised politically, and how did the British Empire deal with ethnic minorities, religious diversity and cultural difference? How peoples and places were subjugated? Was every conquered group deemed capable of assimilation? The second half of the module compares the British imperial experience with those of France, the Ottomans and America. You will consider how these different empires interacted, whether the British imperial experience was distinct, and whether these other empires dealt with religion, race and cultural difference in the same way as the British.

More information

HI7010 -

History Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will be provided with the skills to complete a dissertation on a topic that you will negotiate with your supervisor. The History dissertation represents the culmination of your postgraduate studies. It will enable you to apply the skills you have acquired in core modules and options to a discrete body of primary sources related to an identifiable area of historical enquiry. It is an exercise in research and is intended to develop your research skills and your ability to work independently. Dissertation topics will be supervised by an expert in the field who will guide you through the various stages of formulating, researching and writing this substantial piece of work

More information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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