I have never had a more rewarding year in education. Choosing to study a masters in Modern History has not only built up my knowledge and skill, but my sense of who I want to be as a historian and future academic.


    How do you want to study?


    1 year




    Every aspect of life was utterly transformed in the Modern period. The wide range of our staff research activity lets you focus on what most interests you, whether that’s the Cold War, the Russian Revolution 1917-21, ‘The Troubles’ in Ireland or the global impact of cultural shifts in the 1960’s.

    At every stage you are encourage to feel part of our vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. Our innovative Reading Group module lets you shape the content of the course by selecting readings for discussion plus you’ll be able to present at workshops, seminars, and conferences.

    You will be able to choose from a range of modules taught by leading experts in their field, design your own short courses, receive training in research skills, run your own reading group, undertake work placements, and complete a dissertation. 

      Entry requirements

      A 2:2 honours degree in History or a relevant discipline is required. Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.

      If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

      Honours Degree

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      Teaching on the MA in Modern History will largely be through seminars, where you will engage critically with a range of primary sources and scholarly debates. Seminars will help you establish a network of peers and build meaningful connections with teaching staff. Lectures will be used as appropriate, for delivering key contextual information.

      You will be supported throughout your studies by a range of technologies. Additional course material - such as links to museums and other public history bodies, video clips and the occasional podcast - will be provided online to guide and encourage you in your pursuit of wider research and reading. Online teaching and learning will give you flexibility. You will be able to revisit lecture slides, seminar resources, and handbooks at your own pace and convenience.

      An innovative aspect of the MA in Modern History is the Reading Group module. The Reading Group is your opportunity to help shape a module to the interests of your particular cohort as you select readings for discussion.

      Research skills are taught through both this module and Themes and Sources in Modern History.

      You will be expected to spend sufficient time in independent study to contribute fully and to get the most out of face-to-face contact time. Independent research is at the heart of the dissertation; you will be assigned a supervisor to oversee your progress through one-to-one tutorials as you complete a substantial and original piece of written work.

      Opportunities to develop a smaller research project or undertake a work-related placement are provided by the Individually Negotiated Topic module.

      How you’ll be assessed

      The majority of assessments will be written assignments, which will provide you with plenty of opportunity to pursue your own interests and develop an identity as a researcher in modern History. You will be encouraged to select topics and develop them with your module tutors' guidance. This will ensure you have sufficient experience of developing small projects ahead of the final 60-credit dissertation.

      The Themes and Sources compulsory module has a presentation as one of its assessments. Presentations are an important part of job interviews and future careers and this provides you with an opportunity to gain confidence in a key professional skill. Some of the option modules also contain presentations.

      Reflective writing forms part of the Reading Group module. In addition you will be encouraged to maintain an informal reflective log charting your professional development throughout the MA in line with continuing professional development practices you might find in future careers.


      No exams

      Your future career

      The course offers opportunities to those who wish to pursue an eclectic generalist programme of modules and to those who seek specialisation in particular areas of Modern History. The underlying principle here is choice.

      The MA is a significant qualification, but its successful completion could also fast track you to MPhil and ultimately to PhD qualifications. The research and writing skills you'll gain, together with the specialist disciplinary knowledge developed during the course and work placements undertaken, will enhance your employability and help you find a career in education, the civil service, journalism, finance, the law, politics, and heritage.


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

      Postgraduate research opportunities

      We also offer postgraduate research opportunities in most subject areas as long as appropriate supervision is available. Our team in the Graduate College will be able to help you explore your options.

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      1 year