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MA Modern History(Part-Time)

Year 2

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key developments and aspects of early and later modernity through the study of specialised modules;
- appreciate the complexity and diversity of early and later modernity and assess a variety of sources from different historical and cultural contexts in both a critical and empathic spirit;
- critically and creatively place current political, social and cultural issues in a long-term perspective;
- display a sophisticated grasp of concepts and approaches that have informed the development of early modern and modern history as disciplines;
- practice intelligently and rigorously a range of research techniques in modern history from bibliographic searching to academic writing;
- take a proactive, independent and self-reflective role in defining, developing, finalising and communicating their own research, while responding to the provision of tutors and the contributions of their peers.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- the knowledge and skills required to plan, execute and communicate advanced research in a professional manner, with particular ability to conduct independent research in their own broad area of historical specialism.
- Advanced skills in the locating, processing, analysing and communicating large bodies of material, for a specific purpose, in an orderly, efficient and professional manner.
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms of history.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, bibliographic exercises, a research proposal, a dissertation and a professional-standard conference paper presentation, in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:
- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry in their historical sub-discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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