About the course
Hull’s MA in History uniquely combines period-specific and thematic modules to give you the confidence to take part in historical debate beyond your immediate specialism. Widening your analytical lens beyond anything you will have been asked to do at undergraduate level, you will learn to ‘ask better questions’ that would matter just as much to a medievalist or a historian of the present. You join the same community as our postgraduate research students and benefit from the direct supervision of our world-leading experts in historical research.
The exceptional resources available at the University of Hull, and in our city and surrounding region, enable you to cultivate your own interests and strengths. Hull History Centre offers a treasure trove of archive material and our Maritime Historical Studies Centre is globally recognised as a centre for maritime history research. We contribute to Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, which has a library of its own. On campus, the Brynmor Jones Library offers more than one million printed texts, and serves as a digital information hub for the University. The breadth of research interests among our academic staff means we can offer an unrivalled range of dissertation topics.
What you'll study
The full-time programme is scheduled over 45 weeks, divided into three 15-week trimesters. The part-time programme is the same but spread over two years.
In Trimester 1, you take our core module, Research Project Management for Historians, and one option matching the period or field of your research from the following: Practising Medieval and Early Modern History; Practising Modern History; Feminist and Gender Politics in History, Theory and Practice. Students who choose the latter will work alongside students in the world-leading GEMMA programme of interdisciplinary gender studies.
In Trimester 2, you choose both thematic options, Power, Authority and Freedom in History and Memory, Meaning and History. Together, these will challenge you to draw conclusions from the past which range beyond your specialist period into a wider field of historical debate.
Most of our optional modules use our innovative ‘block’ system, putting you in control of how you combine topics. In appropriate cases, an alternative 30-credit module may be taken outside the Department of History, if it is suitable for your research needs.
The dissertation, at 18,000 words, is the culmination of your postgraduate study and requires greater analytical depth, plus greater critical engagement with source material, than anything you will have experienced as an undergraduate. Our expert supervision will support you through the transition.
Research Project Management for Historians
You will reach a new level as a professional researcher by studying essential skills necessary for the design and successful completion of a postgraduate dissertation. These include core generic skills, such as the handling of primary and secondary sources or the identification of special needs, and orientation in the professional research environment, including communication skills and the handling of impact, as well as employability in various areas of professional research.
Power, Authority and Freedom in History
This module comprises of 4 thematic blocks, from which you will choose 3 at the beginning of the module. Each block is built around a key problem in the study of power, authority and freedom, covering a broad chronological range.
Memory, Meaning and History
This module provides you with the opportunity to look at an exciting choice of historical themes through a new and transformative analytical lens - memory.
The dissertation is an opportunity for you to create your own piece of historical research. The choice of dissertation topic is linked to the subject of the your special subject workshop theme. As such, the primary sources that underpin the investigation and the availability of a subject specialist to supervise the project will vary each year.
Practising Medieval and Early Modern History
This module invites you to understand how historians working in medieval and/or early modern history situate their specialist research amid much broader debates that they also help to construct. You'll learn how to ask ‘bigger and better questions’ by connecting research topics into these wider contexts and evaluating the sources and methods historians use to gain insights.
Practising Modern History
You will carry out activities based on the handling or historiography of a number of key problems in modern and contemporary history. The available topics cover a broad range of current issues.
Feminist and Gender Politics in History, Theory and Practice
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