MA in Global and Imperial History

Global history is emerging as one of the most exciting fields of historical study. Our MA in Global and Imperial History is ideal for anyone interested in understanding how the legacies of imperialism and post colonialism have shaped the world we live in.

Our innovative MA in Global and Imperial History offers global, imperial and postcolonial perspectives on the making of the modern world. You will question general assumptions about the forces of globalisation and learn how to understand these in terms of long-running historical processes.  

This is an interdisciplinary MA, with teaching that draws on both the School of History's world class academics, and those throughout the faculty. There are module options on offer from the Schools of English, Geography and Politics and International Relations.

Course Structure

You will take three modules, including the core module 'Global Connections, Local Contexts'. You will also research and write a 15,000 word dissertation.

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 an essay of 4,000 words for the core module, and one essay of 4,000 words for each of the optional modules. You will also complete 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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