This programme focuses on the period c1500-2000, drawing on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of modules, allowing you to tailor your programme to your interests.
You learn from academics regarded as experts in their fields. You develop your capacity to think critically about past events, approach sources from a variety of perspectives and strive to understand the complex issues surrounding context and significance. You engage with the wider historiography and discourse associated with your studies, understanding the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period.
This programme aims to:
- place the study of texts, images and artefacts, in their historical contexts, at the centre of student learning and analysis;
- ensure that students of modern history (ie history after 1500) acquire knowledge and understanding in the historical modes of theory and analysis
- enable you to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of modern history in different academic contexts and refine their understanding of the differing and contested aspects between, and within, the relevant disciplines
- develop your capacities to think critically about past events and experiences
- encourage you to relate the academic study of modern history to questions of public debate and concern
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.
- Methods and Interpretations of Historical Research
- Reading the Medieval Town: Canterbury, an International City
- Medicine, Environment and Society in the Modern World
- The Vietnam War in History, Media and Memory
- History of Science and Communication
- Religion and Society in Seventeenth-Century England
- No End of a Lesson:Britain and the Boer War
- Geographies of Knowledge c 1750-1950
- Science in Translation:Western Science in the Non-Western World
- Deformed, Deranged and Deviant
- The Black Death and Transformation of Europe, 1346-1400
- Dissertation: Modern History 1500-2000
All courses are assessed by coursework, and the dissertation counts for half the final grade (comprising one third assessed preparation, two thirds actual dissertation).
As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, postgraduate qualifications are becoming more attractive to employers seeking individuals who have finely tuned skills and abilities, which our programmes encourage you to hone. As a result of the valuable transferable skills developed during your course of study, career prospects for history graduates are wide ranging. Our graduates go on to a variety of careers, from research within the government to teaching, politics to records management and journalism, to working within museums and galleries – to name but a few.