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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.

How will I study?

Modules are taught in seminars, while specialist lectures, workshops and conferences give you access to the latest historical research and debate.

Modules include training in specialist research techniques, including digital, cultural and transnational history.

You are encouraged to use Sussex’s unique resources such as the Mass Observation Archive, Observing the 1980s and the Archive of Resistance Testimony, 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. Among the contributors to the seminar are visiting historians, research students and faculty.

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

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.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

Many of our graduates have gone on to careers such as teaching and research. Others have gone on to further study.

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

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