This programme provides an intellectually rigorous introduction to Modern British Studies through two core modules and your choice of optional modules.
You will benefit from the expertise of a large number of British historians at Birmingham, who will both teach on the programme and provide expert supervision for your dissertation.
Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.
You will study four core modules:
- New Directions in Modern British Studies
- Sites and Sources in Modern British Studies
- Historical Methods: Research Skills
- Research Skills: Dissertation Preparation
You will also choose optional modules to the value of 40 credits (two single modules or one double module). These can be taken from the Department of History or from other programmes offered in the School of History and Cultures, with the approval of the Programme Director. An indicative list of options within History can be found below.
Modules are typically assessed by written assignment. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice.
Why Study this Course
- Research expertise – Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The Department is also home to a dedicated research centre in this area, the Centre for Modern British Studies.
- The city – one of the real strengths of studying Modern British Studies at Birmingham is the city itself. The Department has many links within the city for you to work with, you will have access to a range of fantastic libraries and collections and even the physical built environment of the city represents the history of modern Britain.
- Join an active and vibrant department – you will have the opportunity to attend research seminars, conferences, and reading groups outside of your studies.
- Access to a wide range of services – as a postgraduate student you will have access to services such as the Academic Writing Advisory Service and the Bank of Assessed Work which will aid your transition from undergraduate to postgraduate level, or back into academia after a time away.
The postgraduate experience
The College of Arts and Law offers excellent support to postgraduates, from libraries and research spaces to extra-curricular activities and funding opportunities. All of this and more is available on our beautiful 250-acre green and leafy campus. Learn more about the postgraduate experience
Abigail Farrell provides a student perspective on studying the MA Modern British Studies
You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard.
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
- by holding an English language qualification to the right level
- by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
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Last updated February 26, 2018