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Postgraduate course

International History MA

Immerse yourself in a dynamic, varied and challenging field of academic study, with the emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Events from these centuries will have repercussions for generations to come. Studying this field of history at an advanced level means deepening your understanding of the political structures and global processes shaping the world today. This makes the knowledge and awareness you gain on this programme valuable in a wide range of career contexts.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Course overview

Studying key topics like imperialism, postcolonialism and post-war threats to international security, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of a fascinating period in international history. Through an  independent dissertation you will have the chance to choose your own specialism and focus on what interests you most. You will be taught by staff with a broad range of expertise and research interests in international history, in accordance with a philosophy that emphasises the development of students as practising historians.

We run a lively visiting guest lecture series, bringing new ideas and perspectives to your study. You will also have the chance to present your own work at forums and research conferences, building your confidence as a researcher and giving you transferable skills for the future.

You will study for the International History MA through a combination of taught modules, independent study, writing and research. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to emphasise your particular interests in international history through your choice of seminar and coursework assignments, and through the selection and development of an extended piece of independent research and critical writing on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This is an introductory module preparing you for study and research at master's level. It will introduce you to different approaches, methodologies and theories in historical practice. You will apply these throughout the programme, during your dissertation, and into further (PhD) study and research. 

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module explores the relationship between people and power through the assessment of case studies. These will cover a range of different chronological, national or regional experiences, and will consider ‘power’ in a wider context.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to the creation and critical application of digital technologies to further historical scholarship and public history initiatives. You will consider the key theories and practice of Digital Humanities, especially as it relates to social and cultural history.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Social transformation involves many issues of controversy and contest in contemporary society, all of which have a long history encompassing ideas of struggle, subjugation, and (dis)enfranchisement. You will examine how and why social transformation has occurred, how and why societies have constructed impediments and barriers to social change, and how these barriers have been overcome. 

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

On this module we analyse the experience of a post-1945 world which faced unprecedented threats to international security and even human survival. At the same time technological advance so reduced barriers to travel and communication that it became possible to speak of a ‘global village’.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

Through your research dissertation you will plan, research and write an independent dissertation. This will be written on a topic of specific interest to you within the broad field of History. Throughout the module you'll be supported by a supervisor who will meet with you on a one-to-one basis.

Teaching and assessment

You will experience an integrated mix of contact teaching, supported open learning and independent study. In the classroom you will take part in small seminar discussion groups and one-to-one tutorials with your lecturers. You will prepare for these sessions by examining specified bodies of relevant material, much of which will be made available via a Virtual Learning Environment - this will provide you with a shared launching point for discussion in the seminars.

All modules are taught in small three-hour student-led workshops. Selected students will be assigned tasks to prepare in advance of the workshops and then they will lead discussions on the topic. Time in each workshop will also be devoted to discussing student coursework and one-to-one tutorials will be offered. For the Research Dissertation, students are assigned an expert supervisor with whom they will meet regularly.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Entry onto this Master’s degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree.

If your honours degree is not in History or a related discipline you will also be required to attend an interview.

International Students

If you're an international student, you will need to demonstrate that you have equivalent experience and qualifications as the above entry requirements.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

We are happy to arrange interviews via skype for international students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Alumni Scholarships

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Application links

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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