Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

European History

This programme offers you the chance to study at a department with world-renowned expertise in European history, including British, German, French, Italian, Balkan, Russian and Eastern European history, as well as international, transnational, global and comparative historical perspectives. The programme brings together these different fields and develops new approaches to the history of Europe from the early modern period to the present day. It aims to provide you with an appreciation of key debates that have shaped our understanding of Europe and the most important historical and methodological approaches to critically interpreting the European past. Rather than presuppose one all-encompassing definition of 'Europe', whether geographical, ideological or otherwise, the course highlights the different contexts within which the European past and present can be analysed.

Course modules

Core module: Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches . Option modules: Africa in the European Imagination; Battleground Spain, 1936-1939; Civil Society: Ideas, Practices and Dilemmas in the Modern World, 17th Century to the Present; Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam; Darwin, Darwinism and the Modern Ages; Death, Disease and Early Modern City; Degeneration: Science, Culture and Social Prophecy 1850-1945; Early Modern London: Society and Culture; Ethnicity and Migration in Twentieth Century Central Europe; Fascism and Psychoanalysis; Gender in Britain; Internationalism and International Organisations in twentieth-century Europe; Jews and Antisemitism in Modern Europe: Histories and Approaches; London and Berlin in the Age of Empire; Monastic Lives in Medieval England; Money and Empire c. 300-c. 800; Opposition and Dissent in Early Modern France; Plots, Conspiracy Theory and Political Culture in Early Modern Britain and France; Power and Communication in Europe, from the Reformation to Enlightenment; Practitioners and Patients in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe; Race and the Victorians; Reconstruction of Europe 1943-1956; Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801-2001; Renaissance Florence: Society, Religion and Culture; Technology, Modernity and the Nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930; The Making of Modern Societies: Britain and Europe, c.1500-c.1750; The Nazi Capture of Power; The Rise of the Modern Consumer: Consumers and Politics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; The Soviet Experience: Stalinism Through the Eyes of the Individual; The Two Irelands 1911-1998; The Victorian Communication Revolution .

Assessment methods

Each core and option module is assessed by an essay of 5000 words; dissertation of 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
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