University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

American History

Contemporary politics shows that there is more need than ever for critical understanding of the formative political, social, economic and intellectual trends in American history. This MA allows you to study the historical development of the United States from the first encounter between Europeans and Native Americans in the colonial period through to the end of the Cold War.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university. You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work. Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: research presentation; approaches to the American past; dissertation. Optional modules: another country: America and the problem of decolonisation; Jacksonian America; burying the white gods: indigenous people in the early modern colonial world; a people�s conflict: the union and the US civil war; eighteenth-century British American colonies.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, dissertation (15,000 words).

Sponsorship information

University and AHRC Studentships are available. Please contact us or see our website for further details. You�ll need to submit your application by the University deadline in March preceding a September entry.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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