Early Modern History (MA)
Why Study Early Modern History at UEA?
The School of History has one of the strongest concentrations of early modern historians in the UK outside London and Oxbridge. Staff have published books and articles, and have supervised postdoctoral research, in a wide variety of areas, including: witchcraft and magic; popular culture and religion; the Protestant Reformation; the English revolution and civil wars; crime and the law; ideology and imagery; office-holding and state formation; popular politics and government; women and gender; demography and social change; urbanization and industrialization; migration and colonization, environmental history; riot and rebellion; custom and popular memory; oral culture, print culture, literacy and education; the history of emotions and history of mentalities.
By studying for the MA in Early Modern History, you will be joining an established community of historians, including other postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers. In most years there is a thriving postgraduate seminar at which both MA and PhD students present their work. In addition, postgraduates and teaching staff from the School frequently collaborate in putting on day-schools, workshops and conferences.
The UEA Library holds an extensive collection of work dealing with early modern Britain, Europe and the world. It also provides electronic access to Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online. The Norfolk Record Office, housed in a state-of-the-art building in Norwich, holds one of the richest manuscript collections of any county record office in England. Other major record offices at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Chelmsford are located within easy travelling distance, as is Cambridge University Library. Norwich is a two-hour train journey from London, where students use the British Library, National Archives and other major archives.
To be awarded the Early Modern MA, students need to acquire 180 credits, gathered from three compulsory modules: a core module (60 credits), a subsidiary module (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
The School of History at UEA ranks in the top 10 departments in the UK, according to the 2014 Guardian University Guide. We offer our students a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, taught by one of the largest groups of historians in the country. 90 per cent of our research has been classified as being of international importance or better (RAE 2008).