University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Modern History

The programme offers you an especially broad approach to the period. With modules on African, Indian, Russian, American, Canadian and European history, the degree also includes courses than explore themes that spanned nations and continents, such as the slave trade and black internationalism, as well as comparative approaches. It also has a wide timeframe. It has many modules on 20th century history alongside opportunities to study the early modern period, 18th Century and 21st Century.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, in history or a related subject; IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.0 in all components; applicants may also be invited for an interview as part of the application process.

Course modules

Alongside the core module, you also choose 3 options from over 15 modules covering a wide geographical perspective and teach you a rich variety of methodologies. Examples include: East and West (comparisons in European history, 1939-73); guns and global security; defending the nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1815; Stalinist terror; international history and its challenges (European foreign policies in the age of imperialism).

Assessment methods

Assessed by coursework, with a mixture of essays, discursive writing, reviews, and presentations. In many cases, you will have an input into the exact details of your assignment. Particular examples include: Research methodology in history. Your assignments are based on your research with a conference-style work-in-progress presentation (worth 40% of the module mark); a 4,000 words detailed research project proposal (60%). Optional modules are generally assessed with the submission of 2 3,000-word essays, and the dissertation is of 15,000 words in length, to be submitted at the end of the academic year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

School of History
Telephone number: 
0113 343 3610