We will look at the varied primary sources through which we study the past, from laws and official reports to diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers, oral testimony, paintings, cartoons, music, film, architecture, landscape, archaeological remains and the internet. We will consider how a secondary source differs from a primary one and the problems involved in interpreting a source and ascertaining its truthfulness and reliability.
Thereafter, the course offers two routes for you to choose between: the first route is research-focused and will support you in producing a dissertation of 7000 words on the historical subject that most interests you; the taught route lets you select one module from any of the extensive range of option modules offered by the Department of History , Classics and Archaeology.
This History programme at Birkbeck, University of London is ideal for those who wish to pursue their passion for the past, those who want to experience postgraduate historical study without committing to a full Master’s degree, and those who are changing direction and moving to history from a different undergraduate subject.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue careers in research and archiving, education, the heritage industry, publication and the media, the charity sector, and journalism. Possible professions include historian, higher education lecturer, or archivist. This degree provides a range of transferable skills, which may be useful in becoming a journalist, heritage manager, politician’s assistant, academic librarian, or museum/gallery curator.
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- Foundations of History: Sources and Debates
- History Dissertation
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesHistory Ancient History Modern History View 479 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Open to students who have a first degree (BA/BSc).
If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.
The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:
- Courses of more than six months' duration.
- Courses of less than six months' duration.
- Pre-sessional English language courses.
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International5075 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 5075 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.