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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’.
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This programme combines development studies with an interdisciplinary focus on Africa. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in international development, as well as students planning to pursue doctoral research on aspects of development in Africa. Read more
The MA African Studies is one of the most exciting programmes open to anyone wishing to delve into Africa-focused research. The multidisciplinary programme provides you with the research training necessary to undertake a broad-based, multidisciplinary study of contemporary Africa. Read more
Carry out your own independent research project in Ancient History within one of the top departments for Classics research within the UK, while undertaking essential training to support your project. Read more
The Antiquity MA. Egyptology pathway provides training in archaeological and historical approaches to the study of Ancient Egyptian civilisation across its long history, as well as in Egyptian language. Read more
The MA Contemporary History is designed to provide you with a solid grounding in the major outlines of recent world history, along with a wide choice of specialised modules to suit your own interests. Read more
Are you interested in exploring the history of sixteenth-, seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Britain, Europe and the wider world? Early modern history has become increasingly interdisciplinary, with researchers drawing on the insights of anthropology, sociology, cultural and literary studies, art history, and musicology, as well as history, when writing about the past. Read more
Explore the past with your own independent research project in Early Modern History within the prestigious Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS), while undertaking essential training to support your project. Read more
Deepen and develop your expertise in Egyptology by completing your own independent research project within one of the top departments for Classics research within the UK, while undertaking essential training to support your project. Read more