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.
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).
-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)
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.
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
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.