University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Contemporary History

This programme provides students with knowledge and understanding of European and world history in the 20th century; it equips students with the research skills to read and assess relevant primary sources, the ability to carry out independent research and to write up research; by the end of the programme students have acquired the skills and the knowledge to progress to a PhD.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need an honours degree in a relevant subject, such as history, politics, cultural studies, normally of an upper 2nd class standard.

Course modules

Core modules: mass society and modernity 1914-1945; globalisation since 1945; historical methods; dissertation preparation. Optional modules: students also choose optional modules, 1 per term, or a double special subject module over 2 terms.

Assessment methods

Students complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5488