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.