Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme will give you an understanding of the recent past and the contemporary world and help you develop the approaches, techniques and skills of the professional historian. Using an interdisciplinary combination of historical and political approaches, it lays a strong emphasis on the critical analysis of the recent past, with the overall aim of giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions and themes. You will study the complex interplay between national, international and global political, social and historical forces that have produced the contemporary world. The introductory core module offers an in'depth exploration of the methodological, conceptual and theoretical background necessary for historical study at postgraduate level. It also considers specific topics and questions in contemporary history and politics. You will undertake training in research skills to prepare you for researching and writing a dissertation on the subject that most interests you.

Course Modules

Core modules include: Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches. Option modules may include: After the ottoman empire; American foreign policy; Arab'Israeli question; China and the west: Encounters; cultural history of war in Britain and America between the first world war and the conflict in Vietnam; disease and society in Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; empires in modern east Asia; ethnicity and migration in twentieth century central Europe; Gandhi and non'violence in comparative perspective; gender in Britain; internationalism and international organisations in twentieth'century Europe; Jews and anti'Semitism in modern Europe: histories and approaches; nationalism and ethno'religious conflict; politics and Islam; reconstruction of Europe 1943'1956; religion in society and politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801'2001; the European union: integration, politics and policy; the holocaust; the Nazi capture of power; the soviet experience: Stalinism through the eyes of the individual; war, politics and society.

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: 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 Evening Only
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening Only
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees