Modern History, M.Litt.

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The MLitt in Modern History combines taught elements with research components. It provides intensive research training for students aiming ultimately to enter into PhD programmes. However, it is also a degree course in its own right.
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The MLitt in Modern History combines taught elements with research components. It provides intensive research training for students aiming ultimately to enter into PhD programmes. However, it is also a degree course in its own right.

The MLitt in Modern History is tailored to the individual interests of students, providing effective preparation for doctoral research and other career paths requiring skills in research and communication. It is the ideal next step for students with an undergraduate degree in History or a related discipline who want to take their understanding of Modern History to a higher level.

Students are encouraged to develop a broad and deep understanding of their chosen area of study throughout the degree. Students can choose from a wide range of in-depth courses reflecting the specialisations of our staff in History from the 18th to the 21st centuries and in different parts of the world. Students also receive a high degree of individual guidance in the literature in their chosen field of study, engage with the work-in-progress of active historians, and enhance their presentation skills. Students are then supervised in undertaking original dissertation research.

Programme Structure

This course allows you to do in-depth study in a specific area in History or a related subject agreed upon with your programme coordinator. It may be offered in conjunction with you sitting in on level 3 or 4 lectures relating to the subject material, with additional individual tuition.

Students work closely with a member of staff to develop a detailed knowledge of and write a critical survey of the literature in their chosen field. This helps students develop research skills required for the literature review in the dissertation, but will be much broader in scope to ensure they have a secure grasp of the relevant research in their field. The course enhances students' ability to identify and engage critically with a body of literature and improve their skills in academic writing appropriate to postgraduate work.

Students complete the course with an enhanced ability to present convincing academic arguments and research findings in writing and, particularly orally. They improve their critical engagement with the research and arguments of other historians.Students attend research seminars and write a seminar comparison report, fostering engagement with the process of presenting arguments and research findings.Following training in presentation skills, students present their dissertation proposals in a workshop, recording their presentation using Camtasia, and respond to questions from staff and students. Students then write a reflective analysis of their presentations.

This course consists of a mixture of two-hour group seminars and shorter one-to-one supervision with the member of staff best equipped to advise you on your dissertation topic. It will involve detailed discussion of your research ideas and planning with the aim of providing the fullest preparation for researching and writing the dissertation in the summer and research beyond. Fundamental to the success of the course are mutual feedback and support within the student group.

An individually supervised project with a 18,000-word dissertation for students to complete their MLitt qualification

This is an individually-supervised project for students intending to complete a PG Dip in a programme in History

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 2(i) Honours degree in history or a cognate discipline. In addition, students whose mother tongue is not English require IELTS 6.5.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13800 International
  • GBP 4500 EU/EEA


Various internal funding opportunities are available in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Divinity, Histoty and Philosophy. Please see the respective webpages for details.

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