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Course Description

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

Visit the History page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hywel Thomas

1010.jpg 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

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.


Entry Requirements

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.

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