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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Modern History

Programme code:MA-MODHIS-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Adam Cathcart Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of History

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of History

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The MA in Modern History provides students with both a generic training in the key skills required of a professional historian, and a detailed knowledge in a range of areas relevant to Modern history as a sub-discipline of history.

At the end of the programme students should have attained a level of professional competency and confidence sufficient to conduct independent, unsupervised, high quality research in their area of specialism. They will have acquired the research skills and standards required for locating, processing, analysing and communicating historical material, and become aware of the methodological and historiographical assumptions of themselves and others.

Throughout the programmes students will benefit from the advantages of working with specialist teachers and supervisors in a large research-led department, and access to the superb library facilities.

The School of History achieved a GPA of 3.23 in the UK government’s world-renowned Research Excellence assessment. It is thus ranked amongst the top research Universities for History in the UK.

University's Brotherton library houses one of the largest research collections in Britain and is particularly renowned for its historical materials, which included the Leeds Russian Archives and the Liddell collection of materials on the two World wars. In addition there are buses from campus to the nearby British Library branch at Boston Spa, and there is ready access to the Leeds Public Library, the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the West Yorkshire Archives Service.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST5000MResearch Methodology in History30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5640MDissertation (History)60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 90 credits from the following optional modules:

- Candidates will be required to study 90 credits from the following optional modules.
- Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. The School will not normally expect to run modules with fewer than two students.

FOAR5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5031MSecrecy and Espionage in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5032MReformation(s): Belief and Culture in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5035MApproaches to Contemporary European History30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5065M'The continuation of war by other means’ : Case Studies in Wartime Diplomacy 1931-194530 creditsSemester 2
HIST5225MGender and Power in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5231MMedicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries30 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST5540MDefending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 181530 creditsSemester 2
HIST5830MStalinist Terror30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5839MBlack Internationalism30 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST5841MIndia since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5842MPatriotic Protest: Social Movements and Political Dissent in the United States of America30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5844MSexuality and Disease in African History30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5846MContesting Patriarchy: Debating Gender Justice in Colonial and Post-Colonial India.30 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST5851MDeath, Dying and the Dead in Twentieth-Century Britain30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5852MHistories of Migration from Early Modern to Modern30 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST5854MRevolutions: Theory and Comparative Histories30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5860MBritain and the Slave Trade30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5865MInsurgency and Counterinsurgency30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5867MThe Fragility of the Spanish State: Identity, Conflict and Resistance, 1808-193930 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST5961MAnti-Apartheid: Cultures of the Struggle30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5964MRace and Second Wave Feminism in the US30 creditsNot running in 201920

Last updated: 04/09/2019


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