M.A. European History

| Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
This programme offers an exciting opportunity to study the history of Europe through its history of conflict. The social, political and military dimensions of conflict are explored from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The MA also covers the history of culture and mentality. This enables you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which conflicts have been prepared, imagined, lived, represented, remembered and narrated.



Through studying this programme you will gain:

knowledge of methodologies and sources used by European historians

ability to evaluate, analyse and interpret sources of evidence

ability to marshal evidence and write a balanced argument

detailed knowledge and analytical skills from undertaking a dissertation

opportunity to study a European language

At Newcastle, you will benefit from seminars, lectures and tutorials delivered by professional historians in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

This programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to continue academic research in history at PhD level. The degree also develops transferable skills required by many professions, including literacy, research and project management.

You take compulsory modules and optional modules, of which language learning is a compulsory component. The taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and self-directed learning.

You then complete a dissertation on a chosen period of a specific European country.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules
HIS8061 The Practice of History
HIS8098 Research Skills and Dissertation Training
HIS8052 Conflict in European History
HIS8053 Conflict in European History Case Studies
HIS8023 Dissertation
Optional modules
You will take a further 40 credits from the following:
HIS8107 Independent Study Project in History
HIS8065 Russian Language (Durham University)
FRE1065 Level A French General Language I
FRE1066 Level A French General Language II*
FRE1071 Level B French General Language
FRE2061 Level C French General Language
FRE4061 Level D French General Language
GER1062 Level A German General Language I
GER1063 Level A German General Language II*
GER1071 Level B German General Language
GER2061 Level C German General Language
GER4061 Level D German General Language
SPA1065 Level A Spanish General Language I
SPA1066 Level A Spanish General Language II*
SPA1071 Level B Spanish General Language
SPA2061 Level C Spanish General Language
SPA4061 Level D Spanish General Language
SML2014 Introduction to Italian Language and Culture
* Language Level A II can only be selected following Language Level A I in semester one.

English Language Requirements


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An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in history or a related subject such as history and politics, politics, economics, English or sociology. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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