The programme is broadly chronological and covers the history of the region from the 11th century to the end of the 20th.
It does not aim for a complete century-by-century coverage but will allow you to gain a detailed knowledge of key aspects of social, political, industrial, religious and cultural history.
You will study six core modules::
People and Places in the West Midlands c. 1000-1500 Reformation, Social Change and Civil War: The West Midlands in the 16th and 17th Centuries Transforming the Region: Economy, Society and Politics in the West Midlands in the 18th and 19th Centuries Turmoil and Change: Economy, Society and Politics in the West Midlands in the 20th century Sources and Research Techniques for the History of the West Midlands in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods Sources and Research Techniques for the History of the West Midlands in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries
You will take three modules per year, each of which is assessed by a 4,000-word essay. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of one of the members of the Centre, using the many archival resources available to the region.
To achieve the MA, you will need to complete all of these elements, totalling 180 credits; each module is worth 20 credits (120 in total) and the dissertation is worth 60 credits. However, if you wish to leave the course early, upon successful completion of 60 credits you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate, and for 120 credits you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma.
About the School of History and Culture
The programmes in the School of History and Cultures offer students enquiry based learning within a rich and diverse environment to stimulate debate and challenge conventional thinking. The programmes derive from departments which are all excellently rated by the QAA both in teaching and research terms (Medieval History 5, Modern History 5 and African Studies 5*). Our staff publish widely, and we are developing and consolidating a strong, supportive research culture in the School. We are extremely proud to announce in June 2016, that History at Birmingham was ranked the top research department in the country by the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The national REF exercise assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK between 2008-2014. Our department had an impressive 45% of its research judged to be ‘world-leading’.