Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will deepen your appreciation of the distinctive political, social and cultural aspects of the British historical experience, from the Reformation period to the present day, while also fostering your awareness of values and experiences the British share with their European and global neighbours. This degree considers the constituent countries of the British Isles ' England, Scotland and Wales ' and asks how and why the geographical and political entity that is Britain came into being. The pressing current day issue of devolution is encouraging discussions about the formation of nation'states and national identities which feed into debates amongst historians about whether the territorial state is the most useful or constructive means of assessing historical developments and how the creation (and re'creation) of national identities relate to religion, race, gender and class.

Course Modules

A core module aims to equip you with the conceptual background necessary for historical study at postgraduate level. It includes 10 broad lectures and 10 weekly seminars dedicated to exploring specific topics and questions on the history of Britain. Core module: Mastering historical research: Birkbeck approaches. Option modules (choose 3): Britain's medical marketplace 1750'1939; civil society: Ideas, practices and dilemmas in the modern world, 17th century to the present; coming to London: Migration, Society and the State in the Imperial Metropolis; Early Modern London: Society and Culture; Jews and anti'Semitism in modern Europe: Histories and approaches; plots, conspiracy theory and political culture in early modern Britain and France; power and authority in Britain, 1603'1689; queer histories/queer cultures; race and the Victorians; religion in society and politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801'2001; representations of poverty in Britain from 1850 to the present; social conflict and urban change in 19th'century London; technology, modernity and the nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930; The Decline of Magic: Magical ideas in English society 1650'1750; the Victorian communication revolution; towns and cities in early modern Britain; vice and the Victorians: Moral and social reform in the late 19th and early 20th century. Dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

2nd'Class Honours degree and references. We also offer a 1'year graduate certificate in history, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees