Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of the British Isles

This programme will deepen your appreciation of the distinctive political, social and cultural aspects of the British and Irish historical experience, from the Reformation period to the present day, while also fostering your awareness of values and experiences the British and the Irish share with their European and global neighbours. This Master's degree considers the constituent countries of the British Isles - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales - and asks how and why the geographical and political entities that are Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland came into being. The pressing current day issue of devolution is encouraging discussions about the formation of nation-states and national identities which feed into debates amongst historians about whether the territorial state is the most useful or constructive means of assessing historical developments and how the creation (and re-creation) of national identities relate to religion, race, gender and class.

Entry requirements

MA: 2nd-Class Honours degree and references. We also offer a 1-year graduate certificate in history, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Each core and option module is assessed by an essay of 5000 words on a British theme. Dissertation of 15,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
02076316268