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History - MA


Course Description

This MA draws on the wide range and depth of research and teaching expertise in UCL History to give students the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. The programme offers advanced level teaching by leading practitioners in a range of fields.

Degree information

Students will be introduced to key historical concepts and theories. The core course offers a forum for such debates, and also provides students with the technical and intellectual apparatus to pursue their own research interests under expert guidance.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of the core course (30 credits), between two and four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules
-History Dissertation
-Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Propaganda and Ideology in Rome
-Identity and Power in Medieval Europe
-Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
-The Public Sphere in Britian, 1476–1800
-Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain: 1850 to the present
-Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
-Nations and States in Transnational Perspective
-Thinking Postcolonially: Britain and Empire in the 19th Century
-Charismatic Cosmopolitans: Intellectuals and International Institutions in the Interwar Period
-The United States and the World, 1776–1900
-Debating the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
-Adam Smith and the State
-Globalisation in the 20th Century
-The Origins of the American Civil war
-The Origins of the American Civil war

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in History, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Some sessions will take place outside UCL in institutions such as the British Library, the National Archives, and the Institute of Historical Research. Students are assessed through written coursework, examination, and the dissertation.

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Office of Staff of Legal Assisting, UN (United Nations) and studying JD Law, Brooklyn Law School
-Research Degree: History, University College London (UCL)
-Interpretive Guide, City of New Westminster Museum and Archives and studying MA History, University College London (UCL)
-Graduate Recruitment Manager, Pareto Law
-PGDip Education, National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore

Employability
This programme not only provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career, but is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museum and heritage and the education sector. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future careers. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research. UCL is ideally located at the heart of various historical societies and academic communities.

Visit the History - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Kennedy Sanderson

"UCL's position as a top-notch university in its own right, a member of the University of London and a fixture in London creates a luxurious environment for any academic pursuing his or her own research. In my case, I am able to trek back and forth to The National Archives in Kew Gardens any day that I want, rather than condensing it all into a 1-2 week research trip for which funding would be scarce. Furthermore, a place at UCL provides free access to any University of London library, including Senate House, and to the British Library. Finally, the archives throughout London, as well as those held at Oxford and Cambridge, are all available in the course of a day. I suspect that many academics in Kansas or Yorkshire would bear the weight of many sins in order to have the resources that UCL's lowliest undergraduate possesses without noticing."


(Scholarship)

MA Fees Scholarship - 2 Awards

The scholarships pay up to £4,000 towards the cost of programme fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000

Eligibility

These scholarships are open to all applicants for MA programmes in UCL History Department (including overseas applicants).

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure. All applicants who have applied for an MA programme in the History Department by the deadline (1 February) will automatically be considered. The scholarships are decided on academic merit.

Further Information

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/Prospective_Students/History_Graduate_Scholarships


(Scholarship)

UCL Graduate Support Bursary - 20+ Awards

UCL is making 93 individual bursary awards available. Each bursary will cover the full tuition fee cost for the programme and provide £10,000 in maintenance funding per year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10000

Eligibility

The scheme is aimed at supporting traditionally under-represented groups to progress on to graduate study at UCL. All applicants will be required to demonstrate that their annual household income is currently under £42,611. This scheme is open to prospective students domiciled in the UK (that is, UK is your country of "ordinary residence”) who have "Home" tuition fee status.

Application Procedure

This initiative is funded through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme. The UCL Graduate Support Bursary scheme forms part of UCL’s wider initiative to support graduate Master’s students.

Further Information

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/Graduate_Support_Bursary/index/


(Scholarship)

Carol Chattaway Scholarship - Single Award

For postgraduate taught or research students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.Those who wish to be considered should indicate this in their application to the MARS MA.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500

Eligibility

For postgraduate taught or research students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted to:Dr John Sabapathy Degree Tutor Medieval & Renaissance Studies MA Department of History University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BTE-mail: [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/deptscholarships/history


(Scholarship)

Jean Orr Scholarship - Single Award

One scholarship for a postgraduate Master's student studying in one or more of the following Departments – History, French, Italian and Dutch – awarded on the basis of academic merit.£7,000 per annum, for one academic year only. This will be applied to the cost of tuition fees for the year, and any additional amount (if relevant) will be paid to the recipient as maintenance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£7,000

Eligibility

Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Application Procedure

Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Further Information

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/deptscholarships/history



Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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