Programme description The MA in History allows you to draw on a broad range of options to design a programme that best reflects your needs and interests. You might, for example, focus on chronologically diverse modules which are united by cultural or political themes, or you may prefer to specialise by period or region. You will have the opportunity to create your own links between periods and approaches. You could combine the study of medieval religious popular cultures with the US Presidency, the crusades with May �68 in Paris, Hollywood film with the history of political thought, or medical history and the body with Renaissance culture. You will receive intensive research-skills training at the Institute of Historical Research. Your work culminates in an individually-supervised research dissertation, which is an essential building- block for those considering a PhD.
Programme outline The core module, An Introduction to Historical Methods and Approaches, is team-taught by many members of the School. You also produce a dissertation and choose three optional modules.
Optional modules may include:
Women and Gender in Georgian England New Labour in Government Overcoming Nazism Medical History and the Body Hollywood and the Second World War Imperial Cities Theories of Empire
page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!
Studied: MA in Contemporary British History since 1939 – graduated 2002.
Currently: Civil Servant for past five years, mainly at the Ministry of Justice (formerly Department for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Chancellor’s Department). Posts have included Bill Manager taking a Bill through Parliament, Assistant Private Secretary to a Junior Minister, Rt Hon Baroness Ashton of Upholland. Currently Government Relations Manager in the Chief Executive’s Office at The National Archives.
Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study? The excellent reputation of the School of History, especially for contemporary British History. My undergraduate degree mainly focused on the traditional areas of history (ancient, medieval, early European). I was keen to study for a postgraduate degree but wanted to focus on an area that allowed me to look in-depth at contemporary economic and political British history. The MA programme fitted the bill perfectly.
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
Meeting the-then Cabinet Secretary directly after he had a stressful meeting with the Prime Minister was an experience you don’t get on very many postgraduate programmes! The programme gave me an insight in the workings of government and sparked-off my interest in working for the Civil Service once I graduated. A lot of what I have learnt on my programme I have applied in work and it certainly gave me a good start when I first started. Queen Mary has also provided me with an excellent network of colleagues from my programme, through the Mile End Group, who I have kept in touch with.
What are your career plans in the next five years?
To continue in the Civil Service, working my way up the grades. To broaden my experience by working for at least another department hopefully gaining some public service delivery/operational experience along the way.
Normally an upper second class honours degree in History or another Humanities subject. A recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification is also accepted. Applications from mature and non-traditional students are welcomed.
Recipient: Queen Mary University of London
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