Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

European History

This Master's degree in history 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. Alongside a wide range of option modules covering many aspects of European history and politics from the early modern period to the Cold War, you will also receive training in research methods and undertake your own dissertation, which makes this programme an excellent entry point for more advanced study at either MPhil/PhD level or professionally.

Entry requirements

2nd-Class Honours degree in a humanities subject 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

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6268