The MA is a distinctive programme designed for applicants whose interests lie in the study of early modern history, and who feel that they have much more to discover. The course provides both a thorough research training and an opportunity to explore new approaches to the history of early modern Britain, Europe and their overseas empires. Students are introduced to a wide range of sources and approaches drawn from the entire span of the early modern period, and thereby gain an unusual breadth of vision which transcends more conventional boundaries, not only between British and European history but also between Europe and the differing cultures encountered on Europe's frontiers and overseas. The MA is run by the Department of History and students are encouraged to participate in the lively scholarly community of the department's active graduate school through attendance at relevant MA seminars, research training sessions and the weekly departmental research seminar. Students also have full access to the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies which provides an active programme of academic seminars, small conferences and reading groups involving both the academic staff and graduate students.
Programme of Study
The programme consists of four taught modules (20 credits each) and a 20,000 word dissertation (100 credits), which make up the 180 credits that is normal for an MA in the UK higher education system. For students registered for full-time study they are organised across the academic year as follows:
Autumn Term (October-December) All students take the core module Approaches to Early Modern History. The module, taught by weekly seminar, introduces students to the key concepts, methods and practices which introduces students to the diversity of early modern history and the study of particular topics, such as new approaches to the Reformation, early modern globalisation, poverty and disease, and demonic possession. Additionally, all students take an Option Module chosen from a list approved by the Course Convenor or the Core module of the interdisciplinary MA in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, which counts as an Option module for Early Modern MA students. *Core Module: Approaches to Early Modern History *Option Module 1
Spring Term (January-March) Students choose two optional modules which should include at least one related to their pathway. With the approval of the Course Convenor and the Module Tutor they may also choose a module from other MA programmes (e.g. English or History of Art). *Option Module 2 *Option Module 3 *Independent research and writing of dissertation proposal
Summer Term and Summer Vacation (April-September) During the Summer Term and over the Vacation, all students will write a research dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a subject of their own choosing and under the supervision of a member of staff, and submitted at the end of the academic year. The dissertation counts for 55.6% of the total assessment, whilst the taught elements account for the rest. Students receive advice about research topics and instruction in bibliography, plus additional specialist advice and guidance from a supervisor. Because of the range of expertise of staff members and the wealth of source material available in York, it is possible to provide supervision on a wide range of topics, both chronologically and geographically.
Students registered for part-time study over two years would take Approaches to Early Modern History in their first autumn term plus an Option in the Spring Term of their first year. This would be followed by two more Option modules in their second Autumn and Spring Terms respectively, with the planning, research, and writing of their dissertation spread over the two years of their registration.