University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Contemporary History

This programme offers a distinctive programme of study that is methodologically innovative and thematically diverse; it provides a firm foundation for advanced research work in the field and for the particular challenges of writing the history of the recent past. Our approach emphasises everyday experiences within a social, cultural, economic and political context. We provide opportunities to study key aspects of the contemporary history of Asia, North America and Europe, as well as to participate in our world-leading work on contemporary Britain. Alongside modules that focus on the history of particular regions, the course offers intellectually demanding thematic modules on the history of rights, of the environment, genocide and warfare. The course equips you with the subject-specific skills necessary to conceptualise research projects in contemporary history. Through the coursework, you immerse yourself in the literature of the field and learn how to integrate the historical perspective with that of the other social sciences. There is a strong emphasis on the comparative study of different regions and countries.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in history or another humanities or social science subject.

Course modules

Core modules include: Dissertation; historical skills and methods. Option modules include: Empire, science and the environment; genocide in comparative perspective; Germany, France and the making of the 20th century Europe; human rights in history; religion, race and the making of modern America; the china dream: intellectual discourses of modernity from the late Qing dynasty to the present; the china dream: intellectual discourses of modernity from the late Qing dynasty to the present; the people's century: Britain 1900-2000; toleration and persecution.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: A portfolio consisting of a group submission, an individual essay and a research proposal; a 5,000-word term paper; all students write a 20,000-word dissertation, which is submitted towards the end of the summer vacation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678001