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MA History and Culture

Course Description

The focus of the MA in History and Culture is upon the modern and contemporary periods. It will appeal if you have strong interdisciplinary interests and wish to pursue them in a Masters programme that seeks to understand the modern world through perspectives derived from the study of history, literature, culture and film. The MA in History and Culture also offers you the opportunity to pursue interests in subjects related to popular culture.


The MA in History and Culture will appeal if you have interests that cross the boundaries of literature, popular culture, film and history and would like to pursue this combined focus. If you are interested in the modern and contemporary periods and would like to pursue thematic subjects, such as empire, propaganda and gender, and examine select interdisciplinary ‘case studies’ such as the Victorian city, the Second World War and the Holocaust, then this could be the programme for you.

The MA is also excellent preparation if you wish to pursue a research-based higher degree in the future since it includes a compulsory introduction to research skills and methodologies and a dissertation project.


You will acquire a distinctive subject knowledge arising from the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum. The MA will provide you with experience of advanced study in history, the practical skills necessary to undertake work across subject boundaries and training in transferable research skills and methodologies.


The programme consists of two core modules (20 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

You will be guided to a combination of optional modules focused upon the interdisciplinary study of modern and contemporary history or a combination of these modules with others which have a strong literature and history content, such as African American writing and the representation of the Civil Rights movements and eighteenth-century landscape.

You may combine period studies, focused, for example, on the Victorian period, the Second World War and the Holocaust, with more generic modules concerned with subject such as ‘transgressive women’, women and popular culture, and empire.


You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided independent learning. Part-time students will attend one evening a week and full-time students will attend twice a week. Teaching is currently scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6-9pm).


You will be assessed through a combination of assignments which, depending on the modules you choose, may include essays, critical reviews, critical diaries, presentations and research-based projects and a dissertation.


Graduates in the humanities with a higher degree find employment in a wide variety of careers such as teaching, arts organisation and management, the heritage industry, publishing, advertising, journalism, libraries and learning centres, and management / administration.

Visit the MA History and Culture page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2, relevant subject

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