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Course content

History at Cardiff offers a stimulating learning environment in which to expand your field of interest.

As a postgraduate History student you will be able to develop a sophisticated understanding of themes or topics you find truly fascinating, in a flexible programme offering a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range.

You will gain a thorough grounding in research and historical theory, with a choice of modules spanning the medieval to the modern period.

Distinctive features

• Flexible, geared to students’ interests.

• Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.

• Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.

• Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, the Centre for the Crusades, the Centre for Welsh American Studies, the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination, and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.

Structure

The course can be completed in 1 year by full-time study or in 3 years by part-time study.

You will take modules totalling 180 credits. This includes:

• 20 credits of research skills and methods;
• 60 credits of historical theory and advanced research skills;
• 40 credits of optional modules;
• 60-credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

You will progress to the dissertation on successful completion of the taught stage.

Core modules:

Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study
Dissertation (History)

Teaching

You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes (depending on modules chosen).

As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme, you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).

Assessment

Taught stage assessment is via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), and written examinations (for ancient or modern languages).

Career prospects

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have gone on to PhD programmes or into careers in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), and publishing.

Visit the History MA page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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