Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers you the chance to study at a department with world'renowned expertise in European history, including British, German, French, Italian, Balkan, Russian and Eastern European history, as well as international, transnational, global and comparative historical perspectives. The programme brings together these different fields and develops new approaches to the history of Europe from the early modern period to the present day. It aims to provide you with an appreciation of key debates that have shaped our understanding of Europe and the most important historical and methodological approaches to critically interpreting the European past. Rather than presuppose one all'encompassing definition of 'Europe', whether geographical, ideological or otherwise, the course highlights the different contexts within which the European past and present can be analysed. Alongside a wide range of option modules covering many aspects of European history and politics from the early modern period to the Cold War, you will also receive training in research methods and undertake your own dissertation, which makes this programme an excellent entry point for more advanced study at either MPhil/PhD level or professionally.

Course Modules

The programme consists of a compulsory core module, 3 option modules and a dissertation, which is due at the end of September of the final year of study. The introductory 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 in European history. A second core element includes training in research skills and a 15,000'word dissertation on a subject of your choice. You can choose your 3 option modules from a wide range on any region and period of European history since the Renaissance, including British history (please note that only a selection of the option modules listed will be on offer in any given year).

Course Additional Entry

2nd'Class Honours degree in a humanities subject 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