Our distinctive MA in Early Modern History combines thorough research training with opportunities to explore new approaches to the history of early modern Britain, other European countries and their overseas empires.
You can take advantage of the research strengths of the Department, which include the political, religious and cultural history of early modern England and Europe, gender and social relations, science and material culture and the history of ideas. With full access to our excellent library, the Borthwick Institute for Archives and the York Minster library, specialist resources will be available at your fingertips.
You'll quickly become a part of our lively departmental community. We encourage you to attend seminars, masterclasses and research training sessions throughout the year. You will have full access to the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies which provides an active programme of academic seminars, small conferences and reading groups involving both academic staff and graduate students.
The MA in Early Modern History at York allowed me to study fascinating topics that I had never explored before, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand on a subject I already felt passionate about in the form of the final dissertation. Staff were incredibly supportive and encouraging of all my studies.Ben, MA Early Modern History (2016)
In the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, our Department of History was second overall for research performance.
We're one of the top 100 departments in the world for History (QS World Rankings 2019)
Our skills modules are unique to our courses, and will give you practical knowledge of professional research methods.
The course consists of:
In addition to this, you will complete one of:
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.
You'll choose two taught option modules
We offer the following option modules focussing on the Early Modern period:
You will also be able to choose from other option modules in the department:
You'll also complete two skills 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 the Department of History, 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, both chronologically and geographically.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,040||£18,240|
|Part-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.
Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
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.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
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.
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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:
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in History or a related discipline.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||7.0, minimum 6.5 in each component|
|PTE Academic||67, minimum 61 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||185, minimum 176 in each component|
|TOEFL||96, minimum 23 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Distinction in all component|
|Duolingo||Minimum overall score of 120|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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