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Postgraduate study at York

Posted on 18 January 2012

York launches two new exciting taught masters programmes

We are delighted to announce the launch of two new MA programmes within the Department of History, which will be running from October 2012. The new MA degrees in Public History, and Contemporary History and International Politics are designed to combine the highest standards of scholarly research and training with practical learning of use in a wide range of important future careers.

MA in Public History

The MA in Public History offers students cutting edge interdisciplinary academic training together with exciting opportunities for hands-on experience in the cultural sphere through a placement in the heritage sector. The programme is designed to give students an understanding of the critical issues in public history and to analyze the variety of changing ways that the public engage with the past through not only traditional media, but also new digital and rich media products.

For more details, see: MA in Public History

MA in Contemporary History and International Politics

The world needs better politics: better ways of resolving conflicts and distributing resources more efficiently and equitably. How do we improve policy and forge an effective international system when our traditions of political participation are local and national? The politics of the future is encumbered by the problems of the past.

This new, interdisciplinary MA seeks to address these problems by bringing together politics and contemporary history, with a particular focus on transnational ideas and institutions. Since the history of international politics has been shaped by longstanding, path-dependent effects, an understanding of contemporary history must underpin national and international public policy decision-making. This MA investigates the immediacy of present day politics and the collective memory of politics in the past, its successes and failures.

The MA in Contemporary History and International Politics is convened and taught jointly with the Department of Politics, drawing upon the interests of nearly 30 staff from the two departments. This offers opportunities to work at the cutting edge of both disciplines and to study at the forefront of academic research.

For more details, see: MA in Contemporary History and International Politics