Postgraduate Course

MA War, Culture and Society

MA War, Culture and Society

Overview

The details
War, Culture and Society
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus
History

What is the human experience – and cost – of war? Looking beyond the dates and battlefield details of typical military history, this MA raises urgent questions about why societies go to war. You will engage with diverse perspectives on violence and conflict in the modern period, and examine case studies from all over the world.

Drawing on our expertise across a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, law, sociology and psychoanalytic studies, you will consider the effects of war on different scales, from the individual to the global, and on different groups. Some of the key questions we will consider include:

  • What did it mean to be a woman in the First World War – as a worker, grieving mother, or a combatant?
  • How does psychological trauma and physical disability impact on veterans today?
  • How is wartime service remembered and commemorated, privately and politically?
  • Why are some groups excluded from popular representations of war – and how does the picture change once they are included?

In our Department of History you are taught by award-winning academics from all over the world: our corridors are truly cosmopolitan. We also provide you with opportunities to explore local history and have close ties with the Essex Record Office, one of the best county record offices in the UK.

Why we're great.
  • This unique course looks at the impact of war on humanity – and draws on a variety of disciplines of study to give a rounded view
  • This MA has real-world value: begin your training in conflict resolution and develop your psychoanalytical skills, while developing your academic abilities
  • Work alongside scholars at the cutting-edge of historical communication
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our staff are among world leaders in their field, and our enthusiasm for our subject is infectious. Our flexible course is combined with a supportive structure which helps you to pursue the modules best-suited to your interests.

We take the time to get to know you as an individual, welcome you into our scholarly community, and value your views.

Specialist facilities

  • You have the option to take field trips to war memorial sites in London and Berlin
  • We have several Special Collections in history, including the Essex Society for Archaeology and History Library, the Harsnett Collection, the Hervey Benham Oral History Sound Archive, the Bensusan Collection, and the Colchester Medical Society Library
  • Access the UK Data Archive, a national service provider digital resources for historians, which is particularly strong in 19th and 20th-century economic and social history
  • Attend an exciting programme of events
  • Access a variety of textbooks and journals in our Albert Sloman Library which houses materials on Latin America, Russia and the US that are of national significance

Your future

We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, so many of our students have gone on to teach in higher education institutions. Others have found employment in archives, research, managing research funds, other forms of educational provision, the Civil Service, the National Health Service, and management.

Within our Department of History, we offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MA by Dissertation. Themes of particular research interest include:

  • Class, race and gender formation
  • Nationalism
  • Wars and revolutions
  • International relations and oil diplomacy
  • The history of medicine
  • The history of crime
  • Popular culture and consumption
  • Slave societies
  • The history of ideas and print culture
  • The history of the Roma and Sinti in Europe
  • Historical censuses and surveys

Our University is one of only 11 AHRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. This means that we offer funded PhD studentships which also provide a range of research and training opportunities.

We also work with our Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2.2 Degree in History or a related subject such as: Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Foreign Language with Literature content Law, Literature, Politics or Sociology.

Will consider applicants with an unrelated degree but relevant work experience in for example museums or libraries.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Dissertation

Your dissertation is the centrepiece of your Masters work. It gives you the opportunity to develop and to demonstrate your skills as an academic researcher and scholarly author, as you investigate and interpret a topic of your choosing.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Research Methods in History

This module provides you with a rigorous and practical preparation for undertaking historical research in Britain in the period since the 16th century. You will understand the structures of archival and library provision in the UK, have acquired practical skills of project management, and familiarised yourself with some of the key institutions and sources you will need to use in research. There will also be a visit to the Essex Record Office, UK Data Archive and Albert Sloman Library Special Collections.

View Research Methods in History on our Module Directory

The Past in Hiding: Legacies of War, Holocaust, Occupation and Collaboration in Post-1945 Europe (optional)
The Cold War and the Remaking of British Citizenship, 1945-89 (optional)
Museums, Memorials and Memories: Europe as a site of war memory (optional)
War on the Mind: Historical Perspectives on Trauma (optional)
The Morality and Politics of International Human Rights (optional)
War, Violence and Conflict in the American Tropics (optional)

How does the literature of the American Tropics differ from the literary traditions of the US, Caribbean, or Latin America? How has it been shaped by the fighting between indigenous populations and its European and African settlers? Drawing on an unfolding research project by academics at Essex, this module takes a radically different approach to the study of literary history in the Americas by focusing on ‘place’ rather than language or the concept of ‘nation state’.

View War, Violence and Conflict in the American Tropics (optional) on our Module Directory

Transitional Justice (optional)

Broadly speaking transitional justice refers to the belief that any State where mass atrocities have taken place should engage with a set of judicial and non-judicial processes in order to achieve a successful transition from conflict to peace or repression to democracy. You’ll receive an overview of the history, theory, legal background and dilemmas of transitional justice, followed by in-depth discussions of the four pillars of transitional justice – truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, and of their interrelatedness.

View Transitional Justice (optional) on our Module Directory

Context of the Refugee Experience (optional)

What are the relevant contexts of the refugee experience? How can academic disciplines help us understand the refugee experience in a deeper way? How can we grasp the multidimensional aspects of the refugee phenomena? Study the multidisciplinary nature of Refugee Care from a unique combination of both academic and professional perspectives.

View Context of the Refugee Experience (optional) on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Core modules can be combined with optional modules to enable you to gain either in-depth specialisation or a breadth of understanding across several topics
  • You study five taught modules and prepare a 20,000 word dissertation
  • You can attend all departmental and research group seminars

Assessment

  • You must submit one 5,000 word essay for each assessed module

Dissertation

  • Receive expert supervision as you develop a 20,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£7,940

International fee

£17,040

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

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If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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