In the Department of History, we have a selection of degrees and an exciting array of modules which allow you to carve out an experience encompassing the elements of history that you love, and want to explore more of. Our postgraduate degrees include MA History, MA War Culture, and Society, and the Postgraduate Certificate in History.
You’ll study a selection of core modules, and you’ll also be able to choose optional modules covering themes such as the global history of food, war and medicine, slavery in the Atlantic World, the morality and politics of international human rights, and transitional justice.
If there is a particular strand of history which you are keen to explore further, you may instead choose modules which lead you down a more specific pathway, for example, public history, cultural and social history, or local and regional history.
When you study a Master’s degree at Essex, you’ll be taught by expert academics, who are actively engaged in research and historical endeavours which make an impact beyond academia. Your lecturers are a community of poets, playwrights, documentary filmmakers, policy advisers, museum consultants and media pundits, who ensure what you’re taught remains relevant, and continues to reflect the world we live in.
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Our MA History is rigorous and flexible and provides you with the opportunity to study a diverse range of topics at the cutting-edge of history, spanning time periods from the 1500s to the 21st century.
You may choose to pursue a mixture of areas, such as the history of crime; medicine; or the Roma and Sinti in Europe. Or, you may decide to follow a more specific pathway such as public history, cultural and social history, or local and regional history. In your core modules, you'll look at the challenges of global history, and explore how economies and identities are changed by the 'cultural turn', raise questions on issues relating to gender, race, class and consumption, and carve your own voice on debates relating to the meaning of subjectivity, identities and discourse.
Take a look at the exciting variety of optional modules which are available on this course.
Our MA War, Culture and Society is innovative and interdisciplinary at its core as it draws on the expertise of scholars from across the humanities, social sciences and health sciences.
On this degree, you'll engage with diverse perspectives on war and conflict in the modern period, whilst considering the effects of war on different scales, from the individual to the state and the local to the global, and on different groups. You can expect to develop diverse expertise in the complex relationship between war, culture and society, whilst covering topics including women in the First World War, the social effects of war in the modern era, and human rights in conflict zones.
You can also take our MA History course as a Postgraduate Certificate. If you choose this route, you will undertake the same taught modules but will not complete a dissertation. The same choice of pathways is available. The Postgraduate Certificate takes 9 months of full-time study or 21 months on a part-time basis.
“The department offered a range of interesting postgraduate courses and the staff were very knowledgeable and supportive throughout the application process, which gave me confidence in my decision. I have really liked the small class sizes which allow you to get to know your peers easily; this has enabled some excellent discussion to take place. Studying at Essex has made me more confident and has helped refine some of the skills that I learnt at undergraduate level. The atmosphere at our Colchester Campus is fantastic and I have lots of fond memories of studying here.”