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History (Distance Learning) MA

Course Description

This two-year distance learning programme offers you the opportunity to explore a number of historical themes, drawing on the Department of History’s broad range of expertise. You may pursue one of three pathways through the MA: Contemporary History; Global History; or History of Christianity. This will determine your choice of core modules and the theme of your dissertation, but you also have the opportunity to study two optional modules in other areas which suit your particular interest.

Course content

You will follow one of three pathways through this MA: Contemporary History, Global History, or History of Christianity. Each pathway has two specific core modules:

For Contemporary History: Mass Society and Modernity 1914-1945; Globalisation since 1945
Global History: Global Histories: Comparisons and Connections; Making Sense of the World: Themes in Global History
History of Christianity: Writing the History of Christianity (double module)

Two additional core modules are common to all pathways:

Historical Methods: Research Skills
Research Methods & Skills: Dissertation Preparation

You will also choose two optional modules from the other pathways of this programme.

You will complete the MA with a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, but which is related to your chosen pathway.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Our History graduates develop a range of skills, including familiarity with research methods, the ability to manage large and diverse quantities of information, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from journalism, to accounting, to lecturing. Historically, over 94% of our History students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the History (Distance Learning) MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard.

Course Fees

Home/EU - £3420; Overseas - £7425 (DL only)

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