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.

Course Modules

Core module:

Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches .

Option modules:

Africa in the European Imagination;

Battleground Spain, 1936'1939;

Civil Society: Ideas, Practices and Dilemmas in the Modern World, 17th Century to the Present;

Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam;

Darwin, Darwinism and the Modern Ages;

Death, Disease and Early Modern City;

Degeneration: Science, Culture and Social Prophecy 1850'1945;

Early Modern London: Society and Culture;

Ethnicity and Migration in Twentieth Century Central Europe;

Fascism and Psychoanalysis;

Gender in Britain;

Internationalism and International Organisations in twentieth'century Europe;

Jews and Antisemitism in Modern Europe: Histories and Approaches;

London and Berlin in the Age of Empire;

Monastic Lives in Medieval England;

Money and Empire c. 300'c. 800;

Opposition and Dissent in Early Modern France;

Plots, Conspiracy Theory and Political Culture in Early Modern Britain and France;

Power and Communication in Europe, from the Reformation to Enlightenment;

Practitioners and Patients in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe;

Race and the Victorians;

Reconstruction of Europe 1943'1956;

Religion in Society and Politics: Britain and Ireland, 1801'2001;

Renaissance Florence: Society, Religion and Culture;

Technology, Modernity and the Nation: Britain and Germany, 1880 to 1930;

The Making of Modern Societies: Britain and Europe, c.1500'c.1750;

The Nazi Capture of Power;

The Rise of the Modern Consumer: Consumers and Politics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries;

The Soviet Experience: Stalinism Through the Eyes of the Individual;

The Two Irelands 1911'1998;

The Victorian Communication Revolution .

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,175 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,075 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 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.