The world needs better politics: better ways of distributing resources and resolving conflicts.
How can we do this when our engagement with politics is most often local and national? The politics of the future is haunted by those of the past. In order to imagine and move towards building a new future, an understanding of history must underpin national and international politics.
This interdisciplinary MA seeks to address these problems by bringing together politics and contemporary history, with a particular focus on transnational ideas and institutions.
You'll benefit from a wide range of expertise across two outstanding departments, as well as access to numerous centres and institutes, including:
Staff in the History department are engaged in world-leading research in international and transnational history, with particular expertise in the history of the British Empire, American History, and History and Policy.
In Politics, staff members have produced world-class research in international political economy, international political theory, the politics of development, comparative European politics, international security, Indian politics, African politics, and global governance.
The course consists of:
In addition to this, you will complete one of the following:
In the Autumn Term, you'll complete the core module and one option module.
The research training module runs over the Autumn and Spring Term.
In the Spring Term, you'll complete one further option module and either two skills training modules or a placement.
The Making of the Contemporary World: History, Politics and Ideas since 1945 (20 credits) will allow you to explore how political ideas are formed, how they transfer across territorial boundaries and how they are adapted for use in new settings. You'll assess a range of primary and secondary sources and develop your skills of analysis to evaluate the emergence, evolution and effects of transnational forms of politics.
Research Training (10 credits) will prepare you for your dissertation. It provides you with essential training in graduate-level research skills: selecting research topics, large-scale project management, locating secondary and primary materials, storing and ordering findings and presentation techniques.
You'll choose two taught modules.
We offer the following option modules focussing on contemporary history:
You will also be able to choose from other option modules in the department:
Please note that these option modules are provisional and may be subject to change.
You'll also complete two modules which will provide you with invaluable skills training across a range of fields. You can elect to do a placement instead of the two skills modules.
Part-time students normally take the skills modules during their first year, but they can arrange to take these in the second year if required.
Examples of skills modules include:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
During the Summer Term and the summer vacation, you will write a research dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice. You'll start planning for your dissertation in the Autumn Term, supported by the Research Training module.
You will be under the supervision of a member of staff in either the Department of History or the Department of Politics, who will provide you with specialist advice and guidance. Our range of expertise and wealth of source material means we can provide supervision on a wide range of topics. Past dissertation titles have included:
|Part-time (2 years)|
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,580||£16,780|
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
There is no obligation to purchase books or other texts - all core texts and resources will be available in our library or online.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
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You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Most of your modules will consist of weekly two-hour seminars. The Research Training module will be taught through three-hour workshops. You will normally work in small groups of fewer than 20 students.
You will be based in the Department of History in Vanbrugh College on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in or close to Vanbrugh College.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be primarily assessed by essays and your dissertation. You will have the chance to submit assignments for formative assessment, enabling you to get and use feedback before the final summative assessment.
While completing your MA, you will gain essential skills in research, presentation and analysis. These skills are invaluable for progressing to a PhD and for a diverse range of careers.
Our graduates have gone on to careers within the following sectors:
We typically ask for a 2:1 degree in History or a related discipline.
If you are an international student please check the minimum requirements for your country or region..
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
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