It's pretty likely that the historical topics that interest you are represented in this course. The University of Manchester
has one of the most diverse groups of research-active historians in the country. It includes historians interested in the ancient world from classical Athens through to later antiquity, historians of early and late medieval Europe and England, early-modern religious, political, economic and social historians, as well as a very wide range of later modern political, social, cultural and economic historians of Britain, Europe, Africa and east/ south Asia. Together they achieved a "5" rating in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise.
The advantage of the MA in History as that, within the framework of our 180-credit degree, you select advanced course-units from our large list, to shape a package that interests and suits you. You can also include excellent graduate courses offered by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, as well by the depts of English, History of Art, and the social sciences and economic depts. Students who wish to combine cultural history with other specialisms, study and research economic and social history without taking the analytical core course required in the ESRC-recognised MA in Economic and Social History, or combine elements of modern British and Modern European history, might, for example consider this the course for them.
Taught courses should also be chosen so as to equip you to develop your own research into something that really interests you. For over a hundred years the University of Manchester
has led the way in constructing 'history' in Britain as a research-orientated academic discipline; it was here that the undergraduate dissertation was innovated as the centrepiece of the final year BA syllabus. The same creative commitment to research training underpins this MA Programme. It provides a thorough training in the skills needed to pursue postgraduate research, and high quality supervision of your topic during the remainder of the course. The research orientation of the staff and the diversity of interests emphasised above, ensure that expert supervision is available on a very wide range of historical topics. The library and archival resources for historical research are virtually unequalled outside Oxbridge and London. The John Rylands University Library and its Deansgate manuscript collection, the Cheetham Library, the Manchester Central Library, the National Museum of Labour History and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford are among the resources which make Manchester a superb place for graduate study and research in history.
The MA is an excellent qualification in its own right, teaching skills in research design and planning that are transferable to many modern project-based jobs; it is also a vital first step to research for the Ph.D. It is open to both full and part-time students. The full-time course is one year, the part-time course two.
Students accepted for the MA in History may compete for Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships. In 2005 we awarded six studentships of £3,000 each (with Classics and Ancient History). Additional information on funding for 2006 can be found on the Postgraduate Education website.