MSc in Atlantic Studies

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Atlantic Studies

University of Stirling

MSc in Atlantic Studies

The MSc in Atlantic Studies enables you to investigate the link among the many peoples, cultures and environments of the Atlantic world. Core seminars explore the transatlantic movements of people, commodities and ideas, and the circular transmission of language, ideologies, and disease. Elective modules facilitate independent study and fieldwork, and allow students to conduct selective comparisons of the histories, literatures, and ecologies of the regions connected by the Atlantic Ocean: Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Structure and content

You will take two core modules on Atlantic history and cultures. These are team taught in weekly seminars; two other core modules address training requirements, while for the fifth, you will write a dissertation. In addition, you take two elective modules wherein you can study subjects in more depth.

Subject skills:

  • Understanding of the origins and development of the Atlantic world
  • Appreciation of the range of ecologies, cultures, literatures and peoples around the Atlantic basin
  • Comparative awareness of the organisation and evolution of European colonialism and post-colonialism
  • The origins and outcomes of the Age of Revolutions in the Americas
  • Familiarity with a selection of relevant contemporary sources and literature
  • Capacity to evaluate conflicting interpretations across different disciplines in Arts & Humanities
  • Writing a dissertation
  • Developing foreign language proficiency

Generic skills:

You take two core training modules in spring and autumn, Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities, which plan a pathway of activities in four benchmark areas:

  • (i) generic skills (which can be applied to many different subjects and kinds of work)
  • (ii) employability skills (to strengthen your appeal in the jobs market)
  • (ii) breadth of knowledge (demonstrating awareness of intellectual debate beyond particular specialisms)
  • (iv) subject-specific skills (that concern academic specialisms)

You can attend training events organised by the School of Arts and Humanities, the University of Stirling Graduate School and by external bodies.

Delivery and assessment

  • The core modules and elective options are taught largely by weekly seminars of two hours. The training modules require due performance in workshops and the submission of reflective journals
  • A week-long study visit will take place to Nantes (France), where you will take classes and visit heritage and cultural centres
  • Assessment is continuous and by coursework rather than by examination. Every student will be expected to write reflective journals give presentations (including online)
  • Engage in peer review complete essays according to the guidelines and practices of different disciplines (including history and literature)
  • Undertake a substantial piece of writing in the dissertation
  • The course is to be team taught across subject areas in the School of Arts & Humanities, meaning that the teaching and assessment load is divided between colleagues, and you have the opportunity to sample new and perhaps unfamiliar subject matter and theoretical foundations. You will, therefore, be assessed across a wide range of indicators and have the opportunity to express your skills throughout the year, albeit within a robust and established set of parameters.


The course improves graduates' employment portfolios through:

  • inculcating intellectual engagement that emphasises intercultural understanding
  • skills training that stresses employability skills for enhancing cross-cultural capability
  • transitional personal development for a research-based or teaching career

Graduates in Atlantic Studies will have developed advanced presentation skills, the capacity for completing a range of independent research projects, mastered different approaches to scholarship in different disciplines, and enhanced their language skills and appreciation of international history and cultural relations.


  • 2016/17 Overseas £12,450
  • 2016/17 Home/EU £4,500
  • 2015/16 Overseas £11,900
  • 2015/16 Home/EU £4,500

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2016
1 year
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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