Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

History (Imperialism and Culture)

This course examines the relationship between imperialism and culture from the period of European expansion and colonialism to the post-colonial era; students examine: the role of the state in the development, evolution and maintenance (ideologically and politically) of empire; the cultural impact of empire in Europe; the historical roots of Britishness, nationalism and national identity; industry and empire; Western concepts of the Orient, especially India; Soviet imperialism; Nazism, war and genocide, 1939�1945; the course provides a theoretical and empirical understanding of the nature of imperialism and the relationship between imperialism and culture; it encourages critical interrogation of concepts, theories and current key debates and develops an advanced level of understanding of the political, cultural and social consequences of colonial rule.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above in history or a field of the arts, humanities or social sciences; strongly-committed applicants with different qualifications or professional qualifications and relevant experience are also considered; students from overseas need certified competence in English language in 1 of the following forms: British Council IELTS test band 6.5; UCLES (Cambridge Exams Board) pass at Certificate of Proficiency in English or Certificate in Advanced English, or an A or B grade pass at First Certificate in English plus a further year�s English study; TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based); TOEFL 233 computer-based score; TOEFL 91 internet-based score.

Course modules

Core modules: theories of imperialism; research methods/dissertation. Optional modules: the empire at home: Britain 1770�1850; Marlowe, Shakespeare and the British Empire; the power of the powerless: Czech responses to Soviet imperialism; Nazism, war and genocide, 1939�1945; orientalism and postcolonialism; industrialisation, imperialism and globalisation; Nazism, war and genocide, 1939-45; popular culture, nation and empire, 1780-1945.

Assessment methods

Coursework only, 2 essays per module plus a 15,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 1,665 per Unit (home fees) 3 years
MA Distance learning £ 7,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PgCert Distance learning - 3 years
PgDip Distance learning - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sheffield S1 1WB Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
0114 225 5555