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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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Breaking down disciplinary and geographical borders, our programs offer broad-based training in the history of Eastern, Central and Western Europe; the Eastern Mediterranean; the Middle East; and Central Asia. Read more
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 Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research studies politics in creative and inventive ways. We emphasize the theoretical dimension of political analysis in both political explanation and normative evaluation. Read more
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 MSc in Economic and Social History is a one-year taught programme run by the School of History. The programme offers a distinctive combination of interdisciplinary study and specialisation. 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
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