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Course content

This innovative and thematically diverse MA focuses on key themes in the contemporary history of Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. The roots of modern human rights, religious conflict and political resistance are studied historically.

You also take part in our world-leading work on contemporary Britain. Our approach places everyday experiences within their social, cultural, economic and political contexts.

You gain the skills necessary to conceptualise projects in contemporary history. You immerse yourself in the field’s literature and integrate the historical perspective with that of other social sciences. You leave equipped to undertake doctoral research of the highest quality and significance.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

Modules include training in specialist research techniques, including digital, cultural and transnational history. Specialist lectures, workshops and conferences give you access to the latest historical research and debate.

You are encouraged to use Sussex’s unique resources such as Observing the 80s, the Archive of Resistance Testimony and the Mass Observation Archive, located at The Keep. 

You are assessed by:

  • a portfolio consisting of a group submission
  • a research proposal
  • term papers.

You’ll also write a 20,000-word dissertation, supervised by an expert in the field.

Academic activities

History at Sussex has a thriving and animated research culture, with regular seminars, workshops and conferences on interdisciplinary research, and specific modules on research methods and skills. 

You’ll attend the Department of History’s weekly work-in-progress seminar throughout the academic year. 

Our postgraduate students run the well-established University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, an innovative online journal of creative and interdisciplinary historical research. 

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Careers

Studying for a Contemporary History MA at Sussex will develop your skills in attention to detail, research, written communication and teamwork. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in areas such as:

  • teaching, research and publishing
  • law and the Civil Service,
  • museums, libraries and archives.

Others have gone on to further study.

Graduate destinations

92% of students from the Department of History were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to roles including:

  • visitor services, Harewood House Trust
  • data analyst, Deloitte
  • management consultant, InterConnect Communications.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)


Visit the Contemporary History - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

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