University of York

University of York

Early Modern History

The MA is a distinctive programme designed for applicants whose interests lie in the study of early modern history, and who feel that they have much more to discover. The course provides both a thorough research training and an opportunity to explore new approaches to the history of early modern Britain, Europe and their overseas empires. Students are introduced to a wide range of sources and approaches drawn from the entire span of the early modern period, and thereby gain an unusual breadth of vision which transcends more conventional boundaries, not only between British and European history but also between Europe and the differing cultures encountered on Europe's frontiers and overseas.

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have, or be expected to obtain, a good Honours degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject at an undergraduate level. Doctoral candidates are also expected to have completed or be pursuing a Master's course.

Course modules

Modules include: approaches to early modern history; independent research and writing of dissertation proposal; all students will write a research dissertation of up to 20,000 words. All students take an option module. Then choose 2 optional modules which should include at least one related to their pathway.

Assessment methods

During the Summer term and over the vacation, all students will write a research dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a subject of their own choosing and under the supervision of a member of staff, and submitted at the end of the academic year. The dissertation counts for 55.6% of the total assessment, whilst the taught elements account for the rest.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,320 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Graduate Administrator
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01904 322981