M.Sc. Social and Cultural History

The University of Northampton

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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This postgraduate course is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of Social and Cultural History across a range of periods, regions and theoretical perspectives.

Students will develop the skills necessary to understand, critique, utilise and communicate concepts and theories used within social and cultural history. They will acquire methodological skills for historical research, particularly the selection, evaluation and interpretation of primary sources, including those available via the internet.

The course encourages intellectual independence and openness through the study of Social and Cultural History as interpretation of the past.

The course comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Students must take the history research skills module and complete a dissertation. The remainder of the programme is made up from a selection of specialist modules (normally five 20 credit modules) which reflect staff research expertise.

Special course features

* Re-engages social and cultural theory with the everyday, in terms of the experiences of people in the past, and people's perceptions of and approach to history in the contemporary world
* Students study a range of specialist topics in-depth with staff who are engaged in research and publication
* Much of the teaching is centred on the use and interpretation of primary sources, giving students the opportunity to engage in active learning

Part-time fees

The actual amount charged in an academic year will depend on the number of credits studied in the year.

* 20 credits £525
* 40 credits £1050
* 60 credits £1575
* 80 credits £2100
* 100 credits £2625

MA and MSc courses consist of 180 credits in total.


Typical modules

The course takes a broad perspective on social and cultural change, offering the students the opportunity to explore themes and issues over a range of historical periods and geographical locations. The following modules give an idea of the scope of the course, but you should note that they will be available on a selective basis. They will not all run during any given two year cycle. Please contact the course leader for further details.

20 credit modules: * Notions of Queenship in Elizabethan England
* Labouring the USA: Workers in Industrial and Post-industrial America
* Sex and Society in 20th Century Britain
* English Local History
* Popular Culture and the British Experience of War, 1939-45
* Violence and the Law in English Society
* A World of Goods: Shopping and Consumption in the 18th Century
* Making the Home: Gender and Material Culture, c.1700-1900
* Madness and Mad-doctoring in the 18th and 19th Centuries
* Perceptions of the Middle Ages in 20th Century Popular Culture
* The New Woman and her Enemies: the 'Woman Question' in Britain, 1880-1914
* Research Skills

40 credit modules: * A New Jerusalem? Britain and the Enlightenment
* Ethnic Nation: Immigration and Ethnicity in American Society
* Health, Medicine and Disease in Britain, 1900-1950
* Gender and Crime in History, c.1700-1900
* Narrating the Nation: Re-thinking Modern British History

60 credits modules: * Dissertation


Normally a 2:ii degree in history or related discipline.

We also welcome applications form 'non-standard entrants', including those with experiential learning. Our practice of interviewing all applicants ensures that each has the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to successfully complete the programme.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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