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Masters degrees in Intellectual History examine the rise of intellectual ideas, the historical movements related to their development, and the thinkers responsible for them.
Related subjects include Religious History, Social History and Modern History. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History or Philosophy.
Courses in the History of Ideas encourage you to think about ideas not as developing solely from the individuals that created them, but as a product of their cultural and historical contexts.
For example, you may examine how the French Revolution in the 18th century was influential in the development of the Enlightenment Period in Europe. Or, you may access theories on a global scale, assessing the parallels and interrelations of human thought across all societies.
Intellectual History may also encompass the ways in which ideas are expressed, such as through texts or art. As such, theories and methodologies from disciplines such as Philosophy and Art may also be incorporated.
Careers in this field may include roles in academia such as teaching and publishing, as well as journalism, marketing and public relations.
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Are referendums a threat to democracy? Why is it so difficult to combat the world's economic inequality? What does the future of the welfare state look like? The Master's degree in History of Politics and Society gives you a thorough insight into the historical roots of the most important political and social issues that concern politicians, journalists and policymakers today. Read more
The MLitt in Modern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. The course provides an introduction to history and historiography for students interested in all branches of historical study. Read more
The MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History is aimed at students who have an interest in both the theory and history of political thought (including those wider intellectual idioms which provide the context for its development). Read more
This MA is an intercollegiate University of London programme, jointly administered by University College London and Queen Mary University of London. Read more
The Warburg Institute MA in Cultural and Intellectual History aims to equip students for interdisciplinary research in Medieval and Renaissance studies and in the reception of the classical tradition. Read more
Ideas and patterns of thought always have been, and continue to be, subject to historical change. The ways in which they change, and the reasons why they do so, make for fascinating study. Read more
This MA builds on Sussex’s long tradition of innovation and expertise in intellectual history. Exploring the major transformations and discourses in intellectual life since 1500, you’ll focus on. Read more
The MLitt in Intellectual History is an interdisciplinary taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. The course explores major historical, historiographical, and methodological aspects of intellectual history alongside an individually tailored programme of directed reading. Read more
The MLitt in Middle Eastern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. Students explore in depth a broad variety of historical topics including social, political, cultural and intellectual history of this crucially significant region of the world. Read more
Since the Department of History of Art's foundation in 1970, we have established ourselves as one of the world’s leading centres for advanced research in the field. Read more
The Master's Programme of Medieval and Renaissance Studies will stimulate your independent study skills within a wide range of issues ranging from philosophy, theology, law, history, literature and the arts. Read more
Our MA History of Ideas is concerned with excavating and understanding the lived reality of ideas. We consider how the study of the history of ideas can help us to interpret individual thinkers and their ideas and how these have shaped past societies. Read more