MRes Modern European History

University of Birmingham

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Modern European History is one of the most innovative and exciting fields of historical research today. The development and expansion of the European Union, the collapse of communism, the unification of Germany and disintegration of various states in Eastern Europe have significantly changed our perspective on the history of modern Europe and in particular on the role of the nation-state in that history.

This programme, which draws on the notable strengths in social, cultural, economic and intellectual history at the University of Birmingham, is designed to offer you -as a research student working on a broad range of topics - practical training in research skills and methods as well as a broad overview of the history of the modern nation-state in Europe within a comparative framework.

The degree consists of four elements which make a total of 180 credits:

* 20,000 word thesis (120 credits)
* Nation-State and Nationalism in Modern Europe (20 credits)
* Historical methods (20 credits)
* Research Skills Training (20 credits)

The modules are assessed in various ways by examination, coursework and attendance.


The degree consists of four parts:

Nation-State and Nationalism in Modern Europe
This is the core module of the degree, to be taken in the spring semester. It will consist of 10 weekly 2-hr. seminars, and will focus in particular on how and why the nation-state has come to be viewed as the normal form of political organization in Europe. Consideration will be given to such themes as the formation of the nation-state; changing ideas of citizenship; the development of national economies, institutions and cultures; the impact of total war, the welfare state and European integration on the nation-state.

Historical Methods
The purpose of this module, which is taken during the autumn semester by all MRes students in the Department of History, is to study some major historians of different schools or approaches along with the ideas which inform such historical work. It is taught by a range of specialists in the fields of social, cultural, intellectual, political and economic history.

Research Skills Training
All students will undertake training related to their research needs. If no such skills training is required, you must instead submit an historiographical and bibliographical essay related to the subject of your dissertation. In addition, all students will be required to attend the 20th Century Research Seminar, organized and run by the Department of History.

You will research and write your dissertation throughout the academic session, under the specialist supervision of a member of staff. The thesis must be no longer than 20,000 words and is submitted at the end of September in the year following entry into the degree. (For part-timers this will be two years following entry into the degree).

The modules are assessed in various ways - by examination, coursework, attendance etc.


* 2.1 Hons in a related subject
* IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.
* TOEFL 580 Paper- based test / 237 Computer-based test.

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.

200 (Grade A)


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