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12 Masters Programs in Modern History

Master’s degree programs are available for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Those enrolled explore detailed theoretical topics and are challenged to demonstrate competency with their coursework. These programs typically require two additional years of full-time study to complete. You may be wondering what is a Master in Modern History? It is very much… Read more

Master’s degree programs are available for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Those enrolled explore detailed theoretical topics and are challenged to demonstrate competency with their coursework. These programs typically require two additional years of full-time study to complete.

You may be wondering what is a Master in Modern History? It is very much like a general history program, but it mostly focuses on issues related to the most recent two centuries. Students spend time researching important events that have shaped the modern world. Topics often include political trends, conflicts, and economic systems. Some programs will have a global approach and explore a range of cultures and events. Others will narrow in on Western powers such as Britain and the United States. Regardless, rapid technological advances and cultural expansion dominate many discussions.

Research is a major component of these programs, and students develop analytical skills through their research exercises. They learn to critically evaluate sources of information and categorize them based on authenticity. Students also learn how to keep accurate records and improve their writing and communication abilities.

The tuition and fee costs are set by the universities. Those interested should contact the admissions departments of institutions under consideration.

After finishing one of these degrees, graduates are prepared for a variety of careers. Some become educators and teach classes at different levels of the public and private education systems. Graduates may also work to develop new educational resources. Their analytical capabilities enable them to critique, edit, and write textbooks and learning material. Some work as journalists in fields related to current events. Others are employed in museums as curators or speakers on special topics of historical interest.

It is important to consider as many options as possible before deciding on a specific program. If you cannot take time off work or travel for traditional classes, you may benefit from an online university. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master's Degree in Contemporary History is an official title (nº 4311727 in the Register of Universities, Centers and Degrees), valid throughout the national territory and ... +

The Master's Degree in Contemporary History is an official title (nº 4311727 in the Register of Universities, Centers and Degrees), valid throughout the national territory and adapted to the European Higher Education Area. It is granted by the participating universities after submitting the study plan for approval by the Council of Universities and by the corresponding Autonomous Communities. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

The international Master of Arts program in German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES.

The international Master of Arts program in German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2020
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MLitt in Early Modern History provides advanced study of the history of the early modern European and Atlantic worlds, including the Ottoman Empire. It introduces students ... +

The MLitt in Early Modern History provides advanced study of the history of the early modern European and Atlantic worlds, including the Ottoman Empire. It introduces students to a range of approaches to early modern history (1450 to 1750) and provides advanced training in skills required for the study of the period. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Is the world moving closer together or is it drifting apart? History as a discipline has been increasingly reaching out beyond the limits of the nation-state in order to study ... +

Is the world moving closer together or is it drifting apart? History as a discipline has been increasingly reaching out beyond the limits of the nation-state in order to study this question. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on moder ... +

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English, Dutch
Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (la ... +

The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (late nineteenth-century to the present) through the study of literature and culture. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in Modern History and International Relations provides a challenging multidisciplinary approach while offering intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in smal ... +

The MA in Modern History and International Relations provides a challenging multidisciplinary approach while offering intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups. We also provide research assistantships for the students who are interested. The two-year Master's track in Modern History and International Relations teaches you to carry out independent academic research in the fields of modern history and international relations. You will explore recent developments in these fields and study relevant theoretical and methodological backgrounds. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Feb 2021
15 Oct 2020
Campus
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, Czech Republic

The MA program is centered on the connection between individual and collective aspects of contemporary history and historical events. The studies focus on the relationship bet ... +

The MA program is centered on the connection between individual and collective aspects of contemporary history and historical events. The studies focus on the relationship between man and society, and on individual agency in the past and present. Oral history maps "everyday histories" and memories of the past with a focus on individual aspects of living and experiencing history. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Kean University
New York, USA +1 More

he Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University – one of only three such programs in the United States – is exceptionally poised to inspire leaders in ... +

he Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University – one of only three such programs in the United States – is exceptionally poised to inspire leaders in education, human rights, public policy, and other growing professional fields for the 21st century. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
The University of Edinburgh - The School of History, Classics & Archaeology
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the increasingly global experience of humankind in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. What has brought abo ... +

This programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the increasingly global experience of humankind in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. What has brought about the most recent past? Has the end of the Cold War created a ‘new world order’? Has 9/11 changed our world forever? Is globalisation the dominant force of our age or is there a return to nationalism? By exploring such questions critically and analytically, you have a unique opportunity to understand the present through the recent past. This programme teaches you to appreciate the distinctiveness of contemporary history, its use of sources (e.g. radio, television, film, internet-based sources, such as the ‘Wikileaks’, etc.) and its methodology. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MLitt in Modern History offers students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of key issues in the discipline by pursuing their studies at a conceptually advanced l ... +

The MLitt in Modern History offers students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of key issues in the discipline by pursuing their studies at a conceptually advanced level. Postgraduate historians work intensively in a variety of subject areas while achieving a steady progression in core fields such as historiography and methodology. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The Research Master in Modern History and International Relations offers a challenging multidisciplinary approach, with Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in sm ... +

The Research Master in Modern History and International Relations offers a challenging multidisciplinary approach, with Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups. We also offer research assistantships. -
Master
Full-time
24 months
English
01 Feb 2021
15 Oct 2020
Campus

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