Queen's University Belfast


Queen's University Belfast
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Typology Master
Location Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
Duration 1 Year
Start Different dates available
  • Master
  • Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Start:
    Different dates available

Missed the recent webinar?  The recording is now available to watch: MA History Speaker -  Prof Mary O'Dowd , Programme Director Click here to watch the recorded webinar The MA History programme at Queen’s is designed around students’ research interests and provides the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. There are six strands (American, British, Irish, Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern and Religion, Identity and Conflict).  Within each strand, students can opt to specialise in particular areas such as gender history, religious history, social history, political history or economic history. Or, they can create a more varied personal programme of study. The School has a host of world leading experts in all periods of time from Ancient to Contemporary History. Why Queen's? This programme provides students with an opportunity to work in the largest and most international community of historians on the island of Ireland. The School is a world-leading centre for innovative and dynamic historical research. In the 2014 UK assessment of research (REF), History at Queen’s was ranked in the top 20 departments for research. The Public Internship module gives students an opportunity to work alongside heritage and public history professionals on a range of practical projects. Share this course Share ""I found the choice of modules within the Modern History Undergraduate Degree course at Queen’s to be diverse, thought-provoking and well taught. An aspiring historian can extend their studies from Ireland to each of the continents, and from the twentieth century back to early medieval times."" Robin McCallum

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Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


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· Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours). In exceptional circumstances the holder of a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a subject other than History may be considered for admission. Such applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours) who can...

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What you'll learn on the course

Modern History

Course programme

Course Details

Students can choose from one of five strands:

  • American History
  • Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern History
  • British History
  • Irish History
  • Religion, Identity and Conflict in History

These strands share some common elements in research methods and historiography, but allow specialisation through separate taught modules and dissertation supervision. Applicants are requested to indicate which strand they intend to follow on the 'additional information' section of the application form. Students will take a number of compulsory and optional modules.

There are six main components within each strand:

  • a research methods in the humanities module
  • a historiography module
  • a choice between an individually negotiated topic module and auditing a level 3 module (with separate MA coursework)
  • a choice between a primary source-based module or a public history internship
  • a strand-specific taught module
  • a research methods in history module

plus a double-weighted dissertation module of up to 20,000 words.

Modules include:

  • Becoming an Historian
  • Concepts, Issues and Methods in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Debates in History
  • Historical Documents and Sources
  • Individually Negotiated Topic
  • From Blitz to Blair: Exploring Post-war Britain
  • New Approaches in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern History
  • The Making of the United States
  • Topics In Irish History
  • War of Gods: Religion and Identity in Historical Perspectives
  • Public History Internship
  • Dissertation

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is by coursework: essays, critical commentaries on primary sources; power point presentations; practical work on documents or internship-related assessment; and a 20,000-word dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

Afternoon Only.

Additional information

The MA can be regarded either as an end in itself, culminating in the distinction of having obtained a postgraduate degree and enhanced your employability skills as a researcher, or as a stepping stone to the higher research degree of PhD. Many graduates have gone on to PhD programmes both at Queen’s and other world-leading Universities. Others go into a wide variety of employment including careers in museums, archives or libraries; journalism or media related work; teaching; private and public administration; economic development and...

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