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Holocaust and Genocide MA/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Co-taught by staff in History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion, this interdisciplinary programme will immerse you in past and present debates about researching, remembering and commemorating the Holocaust and other genocides. You have the opportunity to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives with a choice of optional modules – some which have a more traditional, historical focus and others which examine the cultural, social, political and religious afterlife of the Holocaust and other genocides.

We are able to offer a unique combination of expertise in the study of the Holocaust and of genocide across a variety of disciplines, including historical studies, conflict and war studies, memory studies, literary studies, translation studies, and film studies.

In addition to taking modules directly related to the Holocaust and/or genocide, you therefore also have the opportunity to take alternative disciplinary approaches and study modules that are relevant to, but not directly related to, the topic.


All students will take two core modules:

- Research Skills in the Study of Holocaust and Genocide: Methodologies and Sources
- Holocaust and Genocide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

MA students will also take an additional module: Dissertation Preparation and Guided Reading (Holocaust and Genocide).

Certificate students will take one optional module, while Diploma and MA students will take three optional modules, from a wide range of related Masters-level options within the College of Arts and Law, as well as within the Department of Political Science and International Studies (College of Social Sciences).

Certificate students are advised to take a module which directly relates to the study of Holocaust and/or genocide, chosen in consultation with the programme leader. MA and Diploma students also have the option to choose up to two of their modules from the wider College; again, this should be done in consultation with the programme leader.

MA students will complete the programme with a dissertation – this can either be a written or placement-based dissertation. If you choose to complete a written dissertation its length will be 15,000 words.


This programme will enable you to develop your independent learning skills, develop your written and oral communication and show evidence of these to specialist and non-specialist, practitioner and academic audiences.

Students completing this programme will be equipped to enter work in the heritage, academic and private sectors. Graduate destinations may include museums, non-governmental organisations, charities, teacher training/education, and, for MA students, doctoral study. Those who are already engaged in these fields will benefit from the opportunity to build upon and develop their expertise.

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 Holocaust and Genocide MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in any subject for the MA. Non-standard or professional experience will be considered for entry on to the PGDip/PGCert

Course Fees

MA: £6,570 FT, £3,285 PT; PGDip: £4,380 FT, £2,190 PT; PGCert: £2,190 FT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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