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MA Historical Studies

Course Description

The MA in Historical Studies introduces students to a range of new and exciting approaches to studying the past.

The programme helps you develop a variety of skills which will enable you to undertake your own research projects. Students undertake core modules on Research Methods and Approaches to Historical Inquiry and can choose from a variety of options on Modern British, European and Medieval History. Teaching takes place by means of an evening programme of seminars.

It can be taken either full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two or three years). Teaching takes place in early evening seminars and tutorials.

All students study the two core units, ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Approaches to Historical Inquiry’ and, in addition, choose two optional units. Finally, students undertake a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, the subject of which is negotiated with the subject team.

Visit the MA Historical Studies page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dan Ellin

Dan Ellin has been at the University of Lincoln since 2005; he obtained his degree in English and History in 2008 and his MA in 2010. Earlier this year he was awarded the Lincoln Record Society Prize for the best dissertation in MA Historical Studies, and his chapter ‘North Lincolnshire’s County Carriers’ was published by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology in Lincoln Connections: Aspects of City and County since 1700.

His main interests are the social and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially local history and the history of military and aviation medicine. He recently read a paper, ‘RAF Hospital Rauceby: More than a crash and burns unit’ at the recent Lincoln Record Society conference, and last semester he led first year Social History of Medicine seminars at the university. Dan says ‘2011 has been a busy year for me; as well as teaching, I became a founder member of the burgeoning RAF Ingham Heritage Group, and I am currently rewriting my research on RAF Bomber Command’s treatment of air crew found to be LMF or ‘lacking in moral fibre’ during the Second World War as journal articles’. ‘Perhaps most importantly I have been fortunate enough to win an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship to undertake an M.Phil/PhD at the University of Warwick. This funding includes a fees and a maintenance allowance for three and a half years. Supervised by Dr Mathew Thomson, my thesis will examine the lives, emotions and medical treatment of RAF and WAAF ground crew during the Second World War. Until then, over the summer, I have also been working as a research assistant for BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the University of Lincoln on a project: ‘Who owns Lincolnshire?’ This research is for a programme to be broadcast later this year’.


Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree in History or a Humanities related subject

Course Fees

Please see The University of Lincoln website for up-to-date information

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