MA in Modern and Contemporary British History

We are renowned for our research into modern and contemporary Britain. From our experience in this field comes our popular MA in Modern and Contemporary British History.

You will be taught by an unrivalled team of modern and contemporary British historians who lead in their fields. Their research feeds in to an MA which ranges from the Victorian era to the present day with specialties in the history of government and politics, foreign affairs and war, gender, emotions, medicine and psychology.

The MA is linked to the Mile End Institute, which has an exceptional profile in Whitehall, business, the media and politics. It provides you not only with ground-breaking teaching but also unique opportunities during your time at Queen Mary University of London, and beyond.

Course structure

You will take four modules, including the two core modules Studying Modern and Contemporary British History and History: Approaches, Methods, Challenges. You will also research and write a 15,000-word dissertation.

In addition, you will take the training module History in Action, which teaches you how to plan and design projects, carry out research, write, present and disseminate your research through a range of seminars, lectures and other sources such as film and architecture.

Optional modules

Each year students will be offered a range of optional modules both in the School of History and in other Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. These options are dependent upon the availability of specialist teachers, and therefore they change year by year. The availability of each optional module is also dependent upon student interest. 

Module options may include

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You will produce two essays of 4,000 words for the core modules and one essay of 4,000 words for each of the two options, in addition to completing a 15,000-word research dissertation.

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours undergraduate degree or higher in history or overseas equivalent. Applications from mature students are welcomed.

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Postgraduate tuition fees vary depending on whether you live outside the European Union.

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How do I apply?

To apply for a Masters (MA) at the School of History, you will need to complete an online application form.

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