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MA Modern History

Year of entry

“All history is contemporary history” according to Benedetto Croce. Our taught MA in Modern History provides opportunities to explore how the present came to pass, and how it presents the past.

One of the strengths of the Modern History MA is its flexibility. In addition to choosing from a range of modules, you can also undertake longer research essays - Individually Negotiated Topics – under expert supervision. You will also contribute to a student-led reading group and may have the opportunity to undertake work placements. Optional modules include Cold War cinema; histories of the CIA and covert operations; horror narratives and their social relevance; Western utopian thought in fact and fiction.

While most of our MA students are recent graduates who have chosen to continue with us for another year full-time (two years if part-time), we also have mature students returning to university for reasons of professional career development or simply from a love of history. But regardless of your motivation for undertaking our MA, you will find that Canterbury Christ Church University offers a welcoming and supportive postgraduate community.

Among the reasons for pursuing the MA in Modern History are:

  • The competitive edge in the job market which a postgraduate qualification provides.
  • A means of enhancing applications to teacher training programmes, or advancing career progression if already employed in the teaching profession.
  • The chance to study alongside historians of international repute whose cutting edge research not only informs their teaching but offers insights into key historical debates and speaks to many contemporary issues in the UK and internationally.

During your MA (which is divided into three trimesters) you will take two core modules and undertake a dissertation (also a core requirement). Together, the core modules and dissertation add up to 100 credits of the 180 credits required to complete the programme. The remaining 80 credits are obtained from the optional 20-credit modules running (dependent on staff availability and student uptake) and the 20-credit Individually Negotiated Topic (you may take a maximum of two of these, one in each of the first two trimesters).

Core modules

  • Themes and Sources in Modern History (trimester 1, 20 Credits)
  • Critical Reading Group (trimester 2, 20 Credits)
  • Dissertation (trimester 3, 60 Credits)

Optional modules

  • A History of Our Hopeful Tomorrows: Utopian Thought from More to Modern Science Fiction (20 Credits)
  • A Superhero History: Truth, Justice, and the American Way (20 Credits)
  • Cold War Cinema: Watching the World Burn (20 Credits)
  • Fascism in the Twentieth Century (20 Credits)
  • Individually Negotiated Topic (20 Credits)
  • Shadow Wars: A Historical Study of CIA Covert Operations (20 Credits)
  • Spectres Haunting The West: A History of Horror (20 Credits)
  • The Global Sixties (20 Credits)
  • The Troubles: War and Rebellion, and Loyalty in Ireland (20 Credits)

The MA in Modern History, through its breadth and depth, offers students opportunities to specialise in historical investigation without losing sight of the wider context and relevance of what they are doing. In studying the recent past, students will be better equipped to understand the present. In addition, through the honing of writing, research and presentational skills, the MA has an obvious employability dimension whether as a means of enhancing your c.v. or in aiding your career development if already in employment. The MA can also act as a bridge to further study at PhD level.

Seminars constitute the majority of teaching on the MA in Modern History – in these small and focused group sessions, you and your peers engage critically with primary and secondary sources and the debates around them. Seminars drive both our core and optional modules. At postgraduate level, seminars really are your space; tutors will facilitate discussion but this is your chance to debate historical issues that are important to you in a supportive and professionally rigourous environment. In the Critical Reading Group module, for example, the key weekly reading is set by the students, not the tutors, and is discussed collectively.

With less emphasis on lectures than at undergraduate level, the responsibility necessarily falls on you to prepare fully for seminars through reading and research. Confidence-building and encouraging your independence as a Masters-level learner is at the heart of what we do. This approach is most apparent in the Individually Negotiated Topic (4,000-words) where, after agreeing a subject, you get to pursue your own research interests under the guidance of an expert supervisor. There are also placement possibilities attached to the Individually Negotiated Topic which allow you to gain experience of working in an area aligned with history.

Your initial MA research experience will lead on in the final phase of your studies to the dissertation, a sustained (15,000-words) research project on a topic agreed with and monitored by an expert supervisor. As a significantly longer piece of writing than an undergraduate dissertation, or indeed one of our Individually Negotiated Topics, the dissertation offers you the opportunity to really stretch yourself intellectually and to make your own individual contribution to historical knowledge.

Assessment normally takes a variety of forms: written coursework, including essays, reviews and presentation reflections relating to core and optional modules; Individually Negotiated Topics (4,000-word research projects); and a final 15,000-word dissertation. There are no exams.

Dr David Budgen, Lecturer in American History and Culture

email: david.budgen@canterbury.ac.uk

Dr John Bulaitis, Senior Lecturer in Modern History

email: john.bulaitis@canterbury.ac.uk

Dr Michael Goodrum, Senior Lecturer in Modern History - email: michael.goodrum@canterbury.ac.uk

Professor Thomas Hennessey, MA Programme Director, Professor in Modern History

email: thomas.hennessey@canterbury.ac.uk

Dr Althea Legal-Miller, Senior Lecturer in American History and Culture

Email: althea.legal-miller@canterbury.ac.uk

Dr Simon Prince, Senior Lecturer in Modern History

email: simon.prince@canterbury.ac.uk

Professor Kevin Ruane, Professor in Modern History

email: kevin.ruane@canterbury.ac.uk

Dr Martin Watts, Principal Research Fellow in Modern History

martin.watts@canterbury.ac.uk

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £7,970 £13,000
Part-time £3,985 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

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 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. 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.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MA in Modern History apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MA in Modern History apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020

Further information about the application process and what you will need to do to prepare.

Applicants must complete an application form and the Supplementary Form for MA in Modern History and arrange for an academic reference to be submitted. Decisions on applications are normally based on these submitted documents, but you may also be called for interview and/or asked to submit a writing sample.

Please contact michael.goodrum@canterbury.ac.uk for further details about the application process. 

Criteria used in selection include:

  • strength of undergraduate degree/predicted degree results in History or a cognate subject
  • aptitude for advanced study of History
  • potential to engage in a concentrated programme of MA-level work
  • aptitude for scholarly and critical thinking
  • skills in written English

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time

    2 years part-time

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.

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