The Contemporary History programme from University of Birmingham allows you to benefit from the expertise of a very large number of modern and contemporary historians at Birmingham. You will be able to specialise on many areas of British, American, African, South Asian, Middle East and European History. The programme also provides ideal preparation for PhD research.
By combining breadth with depth, it provides a framework within which you will be able to develop both your empirical and conceptual knowledge of the recent past.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.
The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.
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- Mass Society and Modernity 1914-1945
- Globalisation since 1945
- Historical Methods
- Dissertation Preparation
- A 'Holiday from Reality': A History of Drugs and Drug Use in the Modern Era
- From the OSS to Snowden: A History of American Intelligence Agencies since 1945
- George Orwell, England and the Modern World
- The Making of the World: Themes in Global History
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesHistory Liberal Arts Modern History View 128 other Masters in Modern History in United Kingdom
- An Honours degree in History or a cognate subject, such as Politics, International Relations, Cultural Studies, normally of an upper second-class standard. Within the upper second-class bracket we will consider all applicants, but we would encourage prospective applicants to work towards an average BA module mark (UK system) of at least 65, and an undergraduate dissertation mark of 68 or better.
- Exceptions to the upper second-class requirement for candidates coming from non-traditional backgrounds or through non-typical academic pathways.
International19440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19440 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK: £9,500 full-time; £4,750 part-time
- International: £19,440 full-time
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
- Government-backed Masters loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. For those starting courses after 1 August, loans are available of up to £11,222 for Masters students in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
- International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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