MA Global History


University of Sheffield    Department of History

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time Award winner
History & Archaeology (19)

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The MA Global History programme at our university offers an exciting opportunity to explore the histories of different regions and the global forces that have shaped our world. With a focus on South, East and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas, you will delve into topics such as imperialism, migration, war, and globalization. This one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme is designed for students with a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in history or a related humanities or social sciences subject. Through a combination of core modules, optional modules, and a dissertation, you will develop essential research skills and gain a deeper understanding of global history.

About the course

Explore the histories of South, East and Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as the wider history of imperialism, decolonisation, migration, war, humanitarianism and globalisation.

One of Britain’s leading centres for the postgraduate study of global, international and imperial histories, the Department of History brings together internationally recognised expertise in the histories of South, East and Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas. The MA in Global History draws on this expertise to provide a deeper understanding of the forces shaping world history, enabling you to explore connections, comparisons and exchanges across broad geographical and chronological terrain, while also considering relationships between the global, regional and local.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in history or another humanities or social sciences subject.


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Benjamin Tran

I chose Sheffield because I was attracted to the range of modules you have and how the department had specialists in several fields. The academics at Sheffield made global history really appealing as each week you cover a different theme within the field of global history.

As someone who did not study their undergraduate degree at Sheffield, this was attractive to me as it allowed me to engage and get to know the Department better. Another thing that was attractive was how the department has a wide range of specialists. There is going to be at least one person focusing on something you like! This is really helpful when it comes to the dissertation as you are spoilt for choice on who to choose to supervise you.

During my first term at Sheffield, I took a module on the Vietnam War. That was really fun and engaging as you covered different aspects of the war. You delve into a bit of military, cultural, social and diplomatic history. So there is something for everyone. During my second term, I studied the Japanese East Empire. I did not think I was going to enjoy this as I thought it would be all about the Japanese Empire during the interwar period. However, we ended up covering a range of topics such as why the Japanese wanted and Empire and wanted to expand to how the Japanese Empire viewed knowledge and power.

A module that I am particularly looking forward to is the Research Presentation as I get to present my dissertation idea and it is formed as a conference. This would definitely help me in later life on how to present myself and communicate effectively but also give me a feel of what academia is like as I would like to go into academia one day.

Read Benjamin's full profile on our website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/masters/students/benjamin-tran

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