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Masters degrees in Social History offer advanced study of the underlying processes which drive change within society, and the ways in which societies have grown and developed throughout history.
Related subjects include Political History and Heritage Studies. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History, Sociology or Anthropology.
Courses in this field are often offered in combination with other subjects, such as Economic History or Cultural Studies, though Social History may also be referred to as Cultural History.
Popular topics include the rise of urbanism, developments in crime, responses to environmental issues, public health and early medicine, and migration. Issues within these topics may include sexuality and gender, theories relating to class, as well as political and social movements such as imperialism or the abolition of slavery.
If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular area. For example, if you have an interest in migration, you might also examine the rise of travel, tourism and exploration.
Careers in this field may include roles in academia such as teaching and publishing, as well as public relations and foreign policy.
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Durham's MA in Social and Economic History at Durham provides training in research methods for historical topics in any aspect of social and economic history. Read more
This degree offers flexible study, either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). Covering the history of Scotland, Europe, India, Africa and North America, the teaching is organised around research clusters in Global History, Scottish History and Public History. Read more
The MA History programme at Queen’s has been redesigned to offer all its existing strengths in an innovative package of modules that challenges students to develop their knowledge and skills. Read more
The Cultural History pathway encourages you to investigate artefacts and ideas, material objects and mentalities, medical documents and museums, photographs and films and explore key themes that have shaped the past, including national identity, gender, race, sexuality and modernity. Read more
Public history is about putting history into practice. Read more
The MRes in Economic and Social History will allow you to focus specifically on economic and social history and its methods of analysis, while giving you the opportunity to study other topics in international history, religious and cultural history, political history, naval or gender history. Read more
Global History and International Relations highlights the rise and fall of empires and the emergence of international relations. Read more
This absorbing MA gives you the opportunity to study and reflect on major twentieth century events, such as total war, the rise and fall of communism, the collapse of the European empires, the changing place of women in western society and the decline of traditional religious belief. Read more
A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full time) research degree. You will have one-to-one supervision by a specialist in your field and weekly Graduate History Seminars designed to enhance your research skills. Read more
The university’s degree programs at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, and other esteemed graduate institutes offer endless opportunities for creative, curious, and critical minds.
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