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This modular course has core units in Irish Archaeology in a Global Perspective (20 credits), Landscape Palaeoecology (20 credits), Topics in Archaeology and Environment and a Dissertation (60 credits, over the summer). Read more
This modular course has core units in Irish Archaeology in a Global Perspective (20 credits), Landscape Palaeoecology (20 credits), Topics in Archaeology and Environment and a Dissertation (60 credits, over the summer). The rest of the modules (20 credits each) are from the Dating and Chronology programme which include Chronology Methods and Application (dendrochronology, tephrochronology and radiocarbon dating and calibration including Bayesian analysis), Practical 14C dating and Chronology Analysis and Modeling . It thus allows genuinely specialist preparation for doctoral study or professional development, and makes full use of the excellent resources available.

The programme is available as 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time. All taught elements may also be taken in clusters of 60 CATS points as CPD units for a Postgraduate Certificate.

The programme may appeal to students with a general interest in theoretical, scientific-environmental or practical archaeology, landscape conservation, planning and environment and heritage. It is designed to provide a base for further research training and as a foundation for career development in specialised or general archaeology and environmental-palaeoecological work. Participants will be trained in a range of key technical, methodological, theoretical practical and transferable skills in the compulsory units and these will be extended in the electives. Students will develop advanced skills in their electives and Dissertation, which they will choose to meet their interests and career development.

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The European History MA is designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in European history in depth, at the same time as maintaining a broad view of the history of Europe and its region as a whole. Read more
The European History MA is designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in European history in depth, at the same time as maintaining a broad view of the history of Europe and its region as a whole.

Degree information

Students are introduced to different theoretical, methodological and historiographical approaches of writing European history. The chronology of the various components covers the ancient, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary periods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three taught elements: core module (30 credits), compulsory European language module (up to 30 credits), optional modules (up to 45 credits), and dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules
-Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians
-Modern European Language

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-History and Theory of European Integration
-The Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe
-Globalisation in the 20th Century
-The Public Sphere in Britain, 1476–1800
-Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
-Identity and Power in Medieval Europe AD 500-1300
-Adam Smith and the State
-Paradoxes of Enlightenment: German Thought from Liebniz to Humboldt
-Trade, Money and Institutions in the Ottoman Mediterranean 1600-1914
-Vichy France: Between Collaboration and Resistance
-'Imagined Communities': Regionalism & Minority Nationalism in Modern Europe
-British Politics in the Era of Decolonisation, c.1945-1982
-Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain: 1850 to the present

Students may take modules from other UCL departments including:
-The School of European Language Culture (SELCS)
-Institute of the Americas and the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES)

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in European History which culminates in a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and a language module taught either through the UCL Centre for Language & International Education or through the language departments. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including unseen written examination, oral assessment, written coursework and the dissertation.

Careers

The programme is designed to enable students to obtain training specifically aimed at further research in the field of European history, by introducing them to the remarkable range of historical sources available in London, and equipping them with the skills needed to locate and interpret sources relevant to their particular areas of interest.

First destinations of recent graduates include:
-Scientific Council for Government Policy: Research Fellow
-Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule: Further study - Journalism
-UCL: PhD European History
-Royal College of Art: Further study - European Art History
-UCL: PhD History

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Trainee, European Commission.
-Research Assistant, Department of Border Region Studies, Uni.of Southern Denmark
-Political Researcher, GK Strategy
-Document Specialist, Sektor Solutions
-PhD History, University of St Andrews

Employability
This programme not only provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career but is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museum and heritage and the education sector. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

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Our Master of Arts in History program offers. -Faculty members who are active scholars and devoted teachers who offer students individual attention and close supervision. Read more
Our Master of Arts in History program offers:
-Faculty members who are active scholars and devoted teachers who offer students individual attention and close supervision
-Colloquia and seminars where students engage with historical theory and practice, research and methodology, by reading and critiquing the work of contemporary historians
-The development and refinement of writing skills, honed first in course papers and later in the major research paper
-Preparation for continuing with the academic study of history at the doctoral level and for a variety of careers where the knowledge and skills of an historian are valued

The Master of Arts degree in History

The Master of Arts degree in history combines an intensive project of research with an orientation to contemporary modes of historical interpretation. A program attentive to developing the craft of historical research, writing and analysis, the graduate program prepares students equally for continuing with academic studies in history at the doctoral level and for a variety of other careers where the knowledge and skills of the historian are valued.

The graduate program has been designed to make all the courses offered relevant to all students. Courses are geared to the knowledge level and analytical ability of students emerging from a Canadian undergraduate programs in history (or equivalent) with a strong academic record.

Geographical specializations of faculty include:
-Canada
-United States
-Britain
-Europe
-Latin America
-Northwest Africa
-Middle East

Thematic specializations include:
-Social history
-Cultural history
-Intellectual history
-History of the state and society
-History of women, gender, and sexuality
-Black history
-History of the book
-History of medicine
-Postcolonial history
-Labour history
-Aboriginal peoples

Each thematic course allows students to come to terms with a number of modes of interpretation of a single historical problematic, and then apply historiographical analysis to their chosen nation-state situation and chronological period.

The program takes as its starting point the assumption that most students enter graduate work in history with an orientation to the history of a particular nation in a specific time period. The program's objective is to enable students to expand upon those initial interests and incorporate in their understanding a sophisticated critique of contemporary modes of historical interpretation. To that end, the five courses are thematic in focus; within the framework of each one, students have the opportunity to explore historiographical debates ranging outside the usual boundaries of time and place. When it comes to the Major Paper, the factors of specialization based on geography and chronology will converge with an appropriate interpretive mode and a suitable body of sources to generate the topic for a sophisticated research paper.

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