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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Early Modern History course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    15 July 2019

The MA in Early Modern History allows you to roam from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, encompassing the renaissance, reformation and counter reformation, and the enlightenment periods.

You can study British, European, American or Asian History, supported by the diverse expertise of early modern historians working at Swansea University

Additional modules cover the history of art and culture, empire, gender, politics, religion, sexuality and science are all covered.

A 60-credit dissertation project in the second part of the course will concentrate on a topic of your choosing, in consultation with a supervisor.

Why Early Modern History at Swansea?

The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.

Designed to promote international standard individual and collaborative research activity, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study. 

Postgraduate training is available to enhance academic and professional development, as well as seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Your Early Modern History experience

You will study a set number of optional 20-credit modules, before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the Early Modern History course.

Varied modules include historical methods and approaches, communicating history and reading medieval manuscripts. There may also be the opportunity of a heritage work placement, worth 20 credits. 

At Swansea you will find an impressive array of Early Modern History research resources for postgraduate study. In addition to the general holdings in the University library, the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth is within travelling distance and we also work closely with the National Galleries and Museums of Wales.  

There is a postgraduate common room and an electronic resources room available in the James Callaghan Building.

Early Modern History employment opportunities

You will develop excellent oral and creative writing skills, and learn to present your ideas in a range of formats.

Early Modern History graduates enter industries including education, government, marketing and advertising. They also undertake research degrees and pursue a career in academia.

Early Modern History modules

You study a set number of optional 20-credit modules before undertaking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing. Modules include historical methods and approaches, communicating history and reading medieval manuscripts.

Modules on the Early Modern History course may include:

  • Historical Methods and Approaches
  • New Departures in the Writing of History
  • Research Folder
  • Postgraduate Beginning Latin I and II
  • Debates and Approaches in Heritage and Public History
  • Heritage Work Placement
  • The Forging of the Portuguese Overseas World, 1415-1808
  • Communicating History
  • Directed Reading in History
  • Reading Medieval Manuscripts
  • Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

How you're taught on the Early Modern History course

The full-time MA Early Modern History course is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in part one) and then a dissertation or project over the summer (part two).

The part two component allows students to either write a 16,000 word dissertation or undertake the professional media project, which incorporates the practical elements of the course and a short unpaid work placement.

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Visit the Early Modern History MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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