Why Study Modern British History at UEA?
Modern British History at UEA is taught by a group of historians who represent one of the largest concentrations of expertise in this period in a British university, with specialisms including foreign and imperial policy, economic and social history, gender history and a range of other interests. The concentration of expertise provides an ideal research environment for anyone with an interest in Britain’s role in the modern world and the political debates about it, from the mid-nineteenth century to the post-war retreat from Empire.
This course enables students to explore the latest developments in areas with vibrant debate and rich historiographies that have been growing steadily in recent years, not least through the work of scholars at UEA. The MA course provides the opportunity to examine a diverse range of topics, from the era of industrialisation and ‘gunboat diplomacy’ to the impact of the Great War on British politics and society, through the Second World War and, ultimately, to imperial decline. Seminars are led by scholars who have extensive research experience, and are based on a series of key sources for the period. Guided by specialist teaching staff, and supported by a trained archivist in the same discipline, students are encouraged to develop the skills essential for postgraduate research. The culmination of the MA course is the dissertation, undertaken in the second half of the degree. This independent study will be completed under the supervision of one or more members of the School.
Content and Structure of the Course
The MA, which can be taken either as a one-year full-time programme or a two-year part-time degree, aims to equip students with the advanced skills and intensive subject knowledge they need to proceed to further independent research. This preparation is provided by three main elements. The first is the dissertation, the completion of which will provide all MA students with the experience and expertise to go on to doctoral study should they so wish. The second is a core module in British history, which runs over both semesters, and the third is an optional module examining aspects of British and/or European history, reflecting the challenges of coming to terms with the modern age.
Course Tutors and Research Interests
- Geoff Hicks: British political history and foreign policy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Anthony Howe: free trade; William Cobden; William Huskisson and the British State; international and national political economy, 18th to 20th centuries
- Thomas Otte: diplomatic and international history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Camilla Schofield
- Ben Jones
- Jayne Gifford
- Emma Griffin
- Jennie Davey
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Last updated August 1, 2016