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MA History by Research

Course Description

This master's degree is designed for students who want to prepare for a PhD or gain research skills and knowledge in a specific area of history for their professional development. You research an aspect of modern British, European or global history and develop skills as a researcher and specialist in your area.

During the course you work towards a 30,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed between you and your supervisor. It is ideal if you want to pursue a specific topic or research area in detail.

Current staff research interests are wide-ranging and can be seen on our Humanities Research Centre staff pages. They include:
-European colonialism and imperialism.
-Africans in Europe.
-Feminism and empire.
-Digital humanities.
-Modern Armenia.
-US history.
-The history of Czechoslovakia.
-Nineteenth-century radicalism and popular politics.
-Labour history.
-Community history.
-Economic crises and disasters.
-Industrial and natural disasters.
-Britain and the Great War.
-Rural history.
-German history in the twentieth century.
-Nineteenth-century British military and naval history.
-Nineteenth-century French military and imperial history.
-Colonialism and anti-colonialism in India.

Our history staff have expertise in
-Imperial and global history.
-Business and economic history.
-Women’s and gender history.
-Modern European history.
-British popular politics and culture.

Throughout the course you receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor with expertise in your chosen area of study. Initial discussion between you and your supervisor establishes the focus and scope of your topic, and confirms the research questions to be addressed.

Your supervisor guides you through the course, helping you conduct a literature survey and engage with theoretical, methodological and critical issues.

Your learning is enhanced by workshops on research skills and methods relevant to your project. You also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge by taking part in history seminars and postgraduate reading group sessions.

This is a flexible course that allows you to combine work with professional development. Supervision sessions are arranged individually with your supervisory team ensuring content is tailored to your individual needs.

The Humanities Research Centre runs a monthly postgraduate research group which functions as an informal setting where postgraduates can get to know one another and where they have the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/ma-history-by-research

Course structure

Full time – 1 year.
Part time – 2 years.
Typical modules may include.
You complete:
-Research skills workshops.
-30,000 word dissertation.

Assessment: 30,000 word dissertation and viva.

Visit the MA History by Research page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need a history degree 2.1 or above. If your degree is in an unrelated subject and 2.1 or above, we will consider you on individual merit. A research proposal needs to be submitted. For guidance on writing research proposals in the first instance please contact course leader Prof Niels P Petersson at If English is not your first language you typically need a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 and to submit a sample of written, critical work.

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