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Course content

This MA draws on the wide range and depth of research and teaching expertise in UCL History to give students the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. The programme offers advanced level teaching by leading practitioners in a range of fields.

Degree information

Students will be introduced to key historical concepts and theories. The core course offers a forum for such debates, and also provides students with the technical and intellectual apparatus to pursue their own research interests under expert guidance.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of the core course (30 credits), between two and four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules
-History Dissertation
-Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Propaganda and Ideology in Rome
-Identity and Power in Medieval Europe
-Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
-The Public Sphere in Britian, 1476–1800
-Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain: 1850 to the present
-Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
-Nations and States in Transnational Perspective
-Thinking Postcolonially: Britain and Empire in the 19th Century
-Charismatic Cosmopolitans: Intellectuals and International Institutions in the Interwar Period
-The United States and the World, 1776–1900
-Debating the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
-Adam Smith and the State
-Globalisation in the 20th Century
-The Origins of the American Civil war
-The Origins of the American Civil war

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in 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 and tutorials. Some sessions will take place outside UCL in institutions such as the British Library, the National Archives, and the Institute of Historical Research. Students are assessed through written coursework, examination, and the dissertation.

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Office of Staff of Legal Assisting, UN (United Nations) and studying JD Law, Brooklyn Law School
-Research Degree: History, University College London (UCL)
-Interpretive Guide, City of New Westminster Museum and Archives and studying MA History, University College London (UCL)
-Graduate Recruitment Manager, Pareto Law
-PGDip Education, National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore

Employability
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 careers. 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 and the Institute of Historical Research. UCL is ideally located at the heart of various historical societies and academic communities.

Visit the History - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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