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Cultural History (MLitt)

Course Description


The MLitt in Cultural History introduces the various methodologies embraced by cultural history, provides a thorough grounding in research methods and skills, and offers expert research training in a wide range of topics.
You will also have the opportunity to conduct a research project of your own, supervised by a member of the cultural history staff. This programme is the best possible introduction to the subject for potential PhD students, but is designed chiefly as a rewarding, stimulating programme in its own right, whether or not you envisage further study

All students take the core course 'Introduction to Historical Research', which introduces the range of methodologies, research skills and practical tools available to the historian. Students also take a course which will provide guidance on how to research and plan the dissertation. The rest of the timetable, apart from the dissertation itself, consists of a range of elective courses on different themes in cultural history. Students normally take four of these in order to gain the right number of credits. A sample list of courses offered in 2011-2012 is available on the web at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ch/mlitt.shtml.

A selection of current courses includes:

Trolls, Druids and the Walking Dead: Imagining the Pagan Past in Medieval Norse and Gaelic Culture
Writing the History of Science
Historiography: The Writing of European History from Herodotos to von Ranke
The Irish and Scottish Diasporas, 1730-1930
Witchcraft, Traditional Practices and the Rise of a Protestant Culture in Early Modern Scotland
The Enlightenment in Comparison: Scotland and Central Europe, 1650-1800


Students must acquire 180 credits over the course of the year (120 for courses + 60 for dissertation). Assessment is based on written work and moderated according to university standards. Every student is assigned a dissertation supervisor based on their research interests.

Visit the Cultural History (MLitt) page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 2(i) Honours degree in an appropriate discipline. For international applicants, proof of proficiency in English is required.The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see View Website

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