More information about the History discipline

History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner.

The study of history helps us understand why the human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people and society have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although History is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.

A student of this discipline will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to assess and explain past changes. This discipline of studies offers a broad perspective that offers flexibility, good analytical skills, good writing and speaking skills, capacity to identify, assess and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills. All these attributes are vital in a number of different occupations in the job market, so a graduate of history has a wide range of jobs that he or she could be fit for.

Suggested Studies

  • Master in History

    This degree course is based around the study of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice. It will suit you if you have the appropriate entry qualifications, a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge.

  • Master in Political Philosophy

    The MA program in Political Philosophy is designed for students interested in philosophical reflection on the most complex and substantial issues underlying contemporary politics. Political Philosophy is a discipline that studies the ways, in which people order their collective life, what good and just society is, and how our critical capacity and individual agency can transform the world we live in.

  • Master in International Relations and World History

    This MA programme in International Relations and World History gives you the opportunity to develop your analytical excellence in a field of internationally relevant research. A wide selection of modules allows you to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, who include world-leading experts on China and Asia in general, Africa, Europe and Russia.

  • Master in Modern British Studies

    This new programme provides an intellectually rigorous introduction to Modern British Studies through two core modules and your choice of optional modules. You will benefit from the expertise of a large number of British historians at Birmingham, who will both teach on the programme and provide expert supervision for your dissertation

  • Master in Celtic Archaeology

    This course in Celtic Archaeology is designed to allow students to further their undergraduate interest in archaeology or a related subject, and to develop the skills and knowledge needed if they decided to undertake further research into the past. The modular degree scheme includes a choice of specialist modules in aspects of Celtic Archaeology, Theory and Interpretation in Celtic Archaeology and training modules to develop relevant skills.

  • Master in Cultural Heritage Studies: Academic Research, Policy and Managment

    This interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program focuses on developing aptitudes for critical assessment of tangible structures and objects such as buildings, monuments, and works of art, as well as intangible heritage like traditions, languages, and knowledge. Graduates of the program will be capable of working at various levels in cultural heritage/ cultural resource management. Planned start date: September 2014.

  • Master in História Do Império Português

    Este curso de mestrado destina-se a estudantes e profissionais de diversas áreas científicas que desejem aprofundar o conhecimento sobre a presença portuguesa no mundo e percepcionar os seus impactos no presente. Destinado a um público vasto e geograficamente heterogéneo o curso pretende oferecer uma formação de excelência nesta área de estudos.

  • Master in Political Science

    The program of studies consists of theoretical and practical subjects that enable obtaining the extensive knowledge as well as skills and social competences in political sciences. It focuses on Europe (first of all the European Union as well as Central and Eastern Europe – because of this the Program has a strong profile of both European and regional studies).

  • Master in Archaeology (Bioarchaeology and Archaeological Science)

    The Institute of Archaeology offers a modern and flexible program of academic instruction. Students are given an opportunity to develop their individual interests. The study program is designed not only to give students the very best training in the archaeological profession but also to provide knowledge and skills helpful in ensuring a good start in other disciplines.

  • Master in Double Degree in History with Universidad Tres de Febrero

    A partire dall’anno accademico 2010/2011 l’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia ha avviato a un rapporto di cooperazione interuniversitaria con l'Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) di Buenos Aires, in Argentina. È stato creato così un Corso di Studio congiunto, integrando i percorsi didattici delle due università partner e prevedendo periodi di mobilità per studenti e docenti.

  • Master in Language Sciences

    This Second Cycle Degree Programme will provide advanced linguistic and cultural knowledge, analytical skills in the chosen foreign language as well as the necessary ability to interact with multidisciplinary and multicultural research groups.

  • Master in Holocaust and Genocide / PGDip / PGCert

    Co-taught by staff in History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion, this interdisciplinary programme will immerse you in past and present debates about researching, remembering and commemorating the Holocaust and other genocides. You have the opportunity to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives with a choice of optional modules – some which have a more traditional, historical focus and others which examine the cultural, social, political and religious afterlife of the Holocaust and other genocides.