University of Sheffield

Department of History

MA Early Modern History


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Early Modern History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of History at the University of Sheffield is one of the largest, most active and successful centres for teaching and historical research both in the UK and internationally. Our academic reputation means that we are ranked third in the UK for ourworld-leading research(Research Excellence Framework 2014) and ranked in the world’s top 100 history departments (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).

We are also part of the prestigious Russell Group, a collective of UK universities committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

Our commitment to teaching is demonstrated by theNational Student Survey 2015, where our students rated us top in the Russell Group both for overall student satisfaction - with a rating of 96% - and for academic support.

Studying History at Sheffield allows you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the Roman period to the modern day, and across the globe.

Our MA degrees are carefully designed to allow you to build a programme that suits your needs: whether you want to progress to postgraduate research, aid your career development or simply expand your knowledge in your chosen area of history.

Between c.1500 and c.1800, economic, political, social and cultural change was broad in reach and profound in effects. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the British civil wars, the settling of the New World, the early stages of industrialisation and the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution, were a series of ruptures that transformed the way people thought and lived.

Sheffield’s long and distinguished tradition in early-modern history continues today with a group of internationally-renowned scholars working at the cutting-edge of their fields. Current staff interests cover both Britain and Europe, from the Renaissance and the Reformation to the period of the American and French Revolutions. We have a notable concentration of expertise around the English civil war and political mobilisation complemented by an interest in the European colonisation of America and the development of American society in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We also offer particular expertise on the social and cultural history of early modern England, urban history and criminal justice and in the application of information technology to the humanities.

The MA in Early Modern History draws on this expertise to provide a fascinating examination of the early modern world, and the opportunity to rethink some key narratives of change. The flexibility of the programme allows you to carry out specialist research under expert supervision, and develop your understanding of the early modern world and skills in using early modern sources, while focusing on the particular skills that are most important to you through our optional modules. You can choose modules that expand your knowledge of the major themes of early modern history; further develop your research skills - undertaking the language and technical training best suited to your research needs; or aid your career development - our public history modules are specifically designed to provide you with skills that will transfer directly to the workplace.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part), or TOEFL 600 with TWE 4.5 (paper based) or TOEFL 250 with TWE 4.5, or TOEFL 100 (iBT) or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP

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