University of York

University of York

Modern History

The programme combines an advanced level introduction to the methodologies and techniques of modern history together with a choice of thematic taught modules which lead to a research dissertation. 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. Students are encouraged to participate in the lively scholarly community of the department's active graduate school through attendance at relevant MA seminars, research training sessions and the weekly departmental research seminar.

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. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

The programme consists of 4 taught modules (20 credits each) and a 20,000 word dissertation (100 credits). Core module includes: approaches to modern history; independent research and writing of dissertation proposal. Additionally, all students take an option module chosen from a list approved by the course convenor: exotic animals in Europe, 1650-1850 - exhibition, education and entertainment; gender, enlightenment and revolution, c.1700-1800; global visions and local action - understanding international health; Japan's Empire and the making of the East Asian Order; origins of the Global South since 1947; the legacy of the First World War; the Soviet Empire: from creation to collapse; ideas and institutions (CHIP); public history core; public history placement. Students choose 2 optional modules which should include at least 1 related to their pathway. With the approval of the convenor they may also choose a module from other MA programmes, e.g. politics or English.

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 Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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