MA History and Intensive Language
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Minimum Entry Requirements: Normally, an Upper Second Class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a university (or educational institution of university rank), in History, or a related discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time
Who is this programme for?
The programme would suit students with a keen interest in learning about the historical conditions of the contemporary world and in particular those who are prepared to look at the world from the perspective of other people and cultures. While the course is open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal applicant would have a UG degree in History (or a related discipline), some knowledge of foreign, including Asian or African languages, and preferably some relevant background in the region of specialism.
Graduates will find a wide range of career options open to them, in particular, those involving inter-cultural or international contact, such as in international organizations, government institutions, non-profit organizations, and journalism, but also museums, educational institutions, or the publishing sector more generally. It would also be a suitable preparation for students considering embarking on a research degree focusing on one of the regional or topical areas of expertise represented in the department.
The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.
This is the only Master-level programme in History focusing on the study of Asia, the Middle East and Africa in the UK, and can, therefore, offer an unrivalled breadth of courses on the history of these regions. The programme provides a sound training in the historical sciences.
It can also be taken with an intensive language pathway over two years, therefore making this programme unique in Europe.
Students must complete 255 credits of taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).
The programme includes the following elements totalling four units: Courses totalling at least two units from List A [History courses], including a half or full unit designated as the Major course; further minor courses totalling one unit from Lists A [Major and minor history courses], B [Courses from other departments], C [Language courses] or D [Intercollegiate courses]; and a dissertation of 10,000 words written in conjunction with the Major course (one unit).
There are five regional pathways within the MA History: Africa, East Asia, Near and the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. To meet the pathway requirement, students must choose courses from the relevant regional section List A to the minimum value of 1.5 units, including their Major.
In the two-year intensive language pathway, students take 2 intensive language units and one discipline unit in their first year. During the summer, they will participate in a summer school abroad. Upon their return, they will take one intensive language unit in their second year and two discipline units. They would also be expected to choose a Major in which to write the dissertation. In the intensive-language pathway, the same rules apply as for the usual MA.
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Last updated May 7, 2018