Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will select your own optional units to make a bespoke course, whether with a broader/thematic or more concentrated focus, depending on your individual interests. You will also take a methodology unit and a skills unit which includes visiting speakers from the fields of archives, museums, publishing and the media. Finally, the dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake original research on a topic of your own choice, under individual supervision.

Course Modules

Core course units: Studying and communicating the past; history past and present (definitions, concepts and approaches); dissertation. Elective course units: The material culture of home life (European households 1400'1850); the body in Renaissance and early modern European culture; conflict, faith and terror in the Middle East since 1945; Islam in Britain (past, present, future); introduction to Victorian studies (part 1, politics and ideas); introduction to Victorian studies (part 2, cultural and social history); recording the crusades (the memory and legacy of crusading down the centuries); public decency and private morals (20th'century British history; history of the holocaust; interpreting the holocaust; faith, politics, and the Jews of Europe, 1848'1918; leading thinkers of the Islamic revival; African American Islam, the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X; the infidel within? Muslims in the West; gendering the modern Islamic world; violence in the American South, 1865'1955; China and the wider world since 1949; unforgettable encounters with the West (knowledge transformation in modern China); tigers and dragons (the economic development of China and Japan, 1890'1990; culture wars (a genealogy of the European civil wars); the European civil wars 1917' 1947; Fascism then and now (the European far right in a transnational frame); new imperial histories (Britain's empire reassessed).

Course Additional Entry

UK upper 2nd class Honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in history or other relevant discipline. Non'standard applications are also viewed sympathetically. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Res) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Res) £5,700  Academic year. First year home fees