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MAContemporary History

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a very large number of modern and contemporary historians at Birmingham. It approaches contemporary history as a global phenomenon and offers a wide variety of modules on world history in the twentieth century. You will be able to specialise on many areas of British, American, African, South Asian, Middle East and European History. The MA in Contemporary History also provides ideal preparation for PhD research.

Programme structure

The programme is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the major outlines of recent world history, along with a wide choice of specialised modules to suit your own interest. By combining breadth with depth, it provides a framework within which you will be able to develop both your empirical and conceptual knowledge of the recent past.

You will study two core modules which use some of the best recent historical writing to cover the period since 1914:

Mass Society and Modernity 1914-1945 (Autumn term)
Globalisation since 1945 (Spring term)
You will also take two ‘skills and methods’ modules:

Historical Methods (Autumn term)
Dissertation Preparation (Spring term)
You will also choose optional modules, one per term, or a double special subject module over two terms. These are chosen from a wide range of modules available both in and beyond the History department.

You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, over 92% of History postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our History postgraduates go on to use their studies directly, for example in heritage, museum or archivist work. Others use their transferable skills in a range of occupations from finance to civil service to fundraising. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Alcester Heritage Network; HSBC; KPMG; Ministry of Defence; and the National Trust

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States