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About the course

Are you interested in exploring the history of sixteenth-, seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Britain, Europe and the wider world?

Early modern history has become increasingly interdisciplinary, with researchers drawing on the insights of anthropology, sociology, cultural and literary studies, art history, and musicology, as well as history, when writing about the past.

The course, organised by the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS), is taught by leading scholars whose expertise covers the Catholic and Protestant Reformations, New World discoveries, and the political, cultural and religious worlds of sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and Europe.

Topics such as violence, clothing, gender, exploration, art, drama, music, buildings and

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Entry Requirements

You will need an Honours degree, normally in any humanities or social science discipline, such as History, Politics, Cultural Studies, or Literature, and normally of an upper second-class standard. All applications are treated on their merits, and we are happy to consider applicants who may have travelled by non-standard routes. Applications should highlight your interest in the programme and any relevant experience you have, academic or otherwise. Applicants are encouraged to contact the programme convenor to discuss their application before submitting it.


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Rose Parkinson

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I chose Birmingham primarily because of the quality of the course and the extent to which it matched with my specific research areas and historical interests. As I undertook an undergraduate BA in History at Birmingham from 2014-2017, I was familiar with the department and was impressed with the quality of teaching and research. I also chose to stay on at the university due to my sense of involvement in the academic community here. The college actively encourages student engagement, which creates a lovely sense of participation and contribution.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

The highlight of my time at Birmingham has been getting involved in the extracurricular elements of the department. The School of History and Cultures (and College of Arts and Law as a whole) host’s workshops and seminars throughout the year, in which students are actively encouraged to come and listen to the leading experts in respective fields discussing their work. Additionally, as a Birmingham Research Institute of History and Cultures (BRIHC) scholar, I also participate in assisting research, and writing contributions for the BRIHC blog about events and research going on in the department. This is really interesting work and also valuable experience, and the department actively encourages people to get involved beyond their teaching hours and research.



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