MPhil and PhD, Master of Arts - MA History, Postgraduate Diploma - History;Postgraduate Certificate - History
The MA in History provides a coherent yet flexible course of graduate study, combining research training with intensive modules on specific historical themes and the opportunity to conduct advanced research on a dissertation topic of your choice. The course provides an excellent preparation for students intending to go on to PhD research and will also be of interest to graduates wishing to pursue advanced study in history. You will be studying in one of the top history departments in the UK, whose faculty offers research expertise in a broad range of topics, from the 16th century to the present. We also offer a specialised MA in History of Medicine. All students enjoy ready access to the outstanding libraries and archives in Oxford and London, and you will be invited to participate in our lively annual programme of seminars and conferences. Shorter courses in history are also available: the postgraduate diploma and the postgraduate certificate, and it is possible to transfer between these and the MA course. Course content The MA in History consists of four modules: a compulsory core module, two elective modules and a dissertation. Postgraduate diploma students take Modules 1, 2 and 3; postgraduate certificate students take Module 1 and one elective module. Modules may change from time to time; an indicative list is shown below. Module 1: Key Concepts and Methods in Historical Research Every student takes this compulsory core module in advanced historical studies, which is designed to help make the transition from undergraduate to graduate-level work. You will be introduced to a variety of perspectives on theory and method in history, and you will acquire the advanced study skills needed to develop the capacity to engage in independent research. You will also receive training in the use of electronic research resources. This module is taken in Semester 1 and is assessed by two written assignments. Modules 2 and 3: elective modules Master's students choose two elective modules, enabling the close study of topics in two different areas of historical analysis. The topics for these modules reflect the specific research expertise of the staff in the department and the programme offered varies from year to year and are as follows: Studying Civil War: Russia, Spain, Greece, Irish Migrations from the 16th to the 20th Centuries, Behaving Badly: From Deviance to Modernity, The Protestant Reformation and the Arts, Terrorism in Context, Britain and Europe, 1950-1990, Race, Empire and Colonization, Patients and Practitioners, 1700-1850, Body Politics: Health and Modernity in Britain, 1830-1914, Medical Experience in the Countryside, 1500-1789, Engineering Society: Eugenics and Biopolitics in Europe, 1800-1945, Science, Magic and Religion, From Pills and Potions, To Penicillin and Prozac, Ethics and Ideas: From the Hippocratic Oath to Informed Consent, The History of Death and Dying in Britain, 1750-1900 and The Hospital in History. Each module lasts for one semester and is assessed by two or three written assignments. Full-time MA students take one elective module in each semester. Part-time MA students take their first elective in Semester 2 of the first year and their second elective in Semester 1 of the second year. Module 4: Dissertation This is the capstone of the master's course. You will have the opportunity to conduct a major in-depth investigation into a historical topic of your choice, leading to the production of a 15,000-word thesis. The topic may be related to one of your elective modules or may be chosen from another area of your interest. You will be supported in your research by individual supervision from a specialist tutor and by group workshops on advanced research design that take place in Semester 2 (for part-time students this is taken in year two). The dissertation is completed over the summer and submitted by 1 September. Quality The History Department at Oxford Brookes is consistently ranked as among the best in the country and is recognised as a centre of academic excellence in both teaching and research. In the 2008 Research Assessment excercise it once again appeared in the top quartile nationally. 90% of its research is internationally recognised with 65% rated as 'world leading' (the top grade) or 'internationally excellent'. In 2004, the department was inspected by the QAA and the teaching was highly commended. We are now one of the top eight history departments in the country. The department has particular strengths in the history of poverty and welfare; crime and deviance; history of fascism and the far right; imperial history; history of medicine; the English and European reformations.