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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Modern History

Programme code:MA-MODHIS-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Will Jackson 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:

HIST5015MDissertation (MA)60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
HIST5055MPractising Modern History30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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 credits 
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HIST5031MSecrecy and Espionage in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5032MReformation(s): Belief and Culture in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5065M'The continuation of war by other means’ : Case Studies in Wartime Diplomacy 1931-194530 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5225MGender and Power in Early Modern Europe30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5231MMedicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5310MBritain in the World: 'A Force for Good'?30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5750MSocial Histories of South Africa30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5830MStalinist Terror30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5839MBlack Internationalism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5841MIndia since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5844MSexuality and Disease in African History30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5851MDeath, Dying and the Dead in Twentieth-Century Britain30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5852MHistories of Migration from Early Modern to Modern30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5860MBritain and the Slave Trade30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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