Modern British History (MA)
Modern British History at UEA offers a unique blend of political, international and imperial history. It provides a rare concentration of expertise on nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century foreign policy, matched by strengths in imperial history and political history. This provides an ideal research environment for anyone with an interest in Britain’s role in the modern world and the political debates about it, from the mid-nineteenth century to the post-war retreat from Empire.
This course enables students to explore the latest developments in an area with vibrant debate and a rich historiography that has been growing steadily in recent years, not least through the work of scholars at UEA. The MA course provides the opportunity to examine in depth a range of topics in this field from the era of ‘gunboat diplomacy’ to the bitter debates about appeasement, its replacement by Churchillian commitment and, ultimately, imperial decline. Seminars are led by scholars who have extensive research experience and are based on a series of key sources for the period. Guided by specialist teaching staff, and supported by a trained archivist in the same discipline, students are encouraged to develop the skills essential for postgraduate research. The culmination of the MA course is the dissertation, undertaken in the second half of the degree. This independent study will be completed under the supervision of one or more members of the School.
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).