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MA Modern History

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

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. Optional modules include histories of horror and utopian thought in the West.

Canterbury Christ Church University has a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community, where you will be able to participate in and present at workshops, seminars, and conferences.

The MA in Modern History is aimed at anyone interested in studying the past in depth. Our students usually include recent graduates wishing to continue their studies, mature students returning to History after a longer or shorter time of pursuing other interests, and secondary-school teachers seeking professional development. An MA in Modern History is increasingly regarded as a valuable extension of undergraduate study in that it:

  • offers you an anticipated edge in the professional job market
  • enhances applications for teacher training where advanced specialist knowledge can be an asset. The PGCE History team in the Education department at Canterbury Christ Church University strongly encourages students to gain an MA before applying for the PGCE
  • provides essential postgraduate experience for you if you intend to continue your study of Modern History at MPhil/PhD level
  • provides a period of historical study if you wish to take a career break

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 £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assessment is mainly by a range of written coursework including essays and a 15,000-word dissertation. There are no exams.

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

Dr John Bulaitis, Senior Lecturer in Modern History (tel: 01227 921662; email: john.bulaitis@canterbury.ac.uk)

Dr Michael Goodrum, Senior Lecturer in Modern History (tel: 01227 921663; email: michael.goodrum@canterbury.ac.uk)

Dr Lesley Hardy, Senior Lecturer in Modern History (tel: 01227 922587; email: lesley.hardy@canterbury.ac.uk)

Professor Thomas Hennessey, Programme Director, Professor in Modern History (tel: 01227 921661; email: thomas.hennessey@canterbury.ac.uk)

Dr Simon Prince, Programme Director Senior Lecturer in Modern History (tel: 01227 921664; email: simon.prince@canterbury.ac.uk)

Professor Kevin Ruane, Professor in Modern History (tel: 01227 921669; email: kevin.ruane@canterbury.ac.uk)

Dr Martin Watts, Principal Research Fellow in Modern History (tel: 01227 923243; email: martin.watts@canterbury.ac.uk))

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.

    International students whose first language is not English require an IELTS overall score of 7 with a 7 in reading and writing. International students can also be accepted if they have completed an English-medium degree with a significant research element.

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