The West Midlands History programme offered by the University of Birmingham is delivered by Saturday schools and taught by leading scholars. Students come from many different backgrounds and previous knowledge of history is not required. It is suitable for recent graduates and those who are retired, semi-retired, experience disabilities or have family and work commitments which make full-time study difficult.
The programme is broadly chronological and covers the history of the region from the 11th century to the end of the 20th. It does not aim for a complete century-by-century coverage but will allow you to gain a detailed knowledge of key aspects of social, political, industrial, religious and cultural history.Why study this course?
- Research expertise - Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. The programme is also delivered through the Centre for West Midlands History, which promotes: research into the history of the West Midlands; the publication of books, articles and electronic media which explore the region's past; and the sharing of knowledge between academics, independent scholars and heritage professionals.
- Lots of opportunities to get involved - day schools for the public, seminars, conferences, the journal Midland History and opportunities to study for research degrees as well as the MA, provide historians and enthusiasts with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and exchange ideas on the history of the region. The Centre also works with other organisations to create research projects. There is an active Friends' organisation which provides a forum for communication for all of those with an interest in the history of the West Midlands.
- Taught by experts - you will learn alongside tutors with specialist historical knowledge, who can share their experience and enthusiasm for the subject. Potential students are welcome to meet informally with the admissions tutor and/or attend classes to experience a taster of the course before applying
- Location and resources - Birmingham's central position within the region and its status as the largest city make it an ideal place to study and research the history of the West Midlands. The University library, the Library of Birmingham and the record offices and local studies libraries of the region all offer excellent resources for this programme, both in terms of books and articles on the history of the region and archives for the dissertation.
Birmingham’s History graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by a range of employers. These skills include: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.
Over the past five years, 93% of History postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our History postgraduates go on to use their studies directly, for example in heritage, museums or the armed forces; others use their transferable skills in a range of occupations from finance to fundraising.
Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Royal Air Force; Ministry of Defence; University of Birmingham; Royal Air Force Museum; and University of Oxford.
More informationVisit official programme website
- People and Places in the West Midlands c. 1000-1500
- Reformation, Social Change and Civil War: The West Midlands in the 16th and 17th Centuries
- Transforming the Region: Economy, Society and Politics in the West Midlands in the 18th and 19th Centuries
- Turmoil and Change: Economy, Society and Politics in the West Midlands in the 20th century
- Sources and Research Techniques for the History of the West Midlands in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods
- Sources and Research Techniques for the History of the West Midlands in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesHistory Sociology Modern History View 379 other Masters in Sociology in United Kingdom
- Most students will have a good honours degree normally of an upper second-class standard or above, prior to entry. A history degree is not required.
- Alternatively appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience in high-level historical research are taken into account. Each applicant is considered on their merits.
International4625 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA4625 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
- Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas.
- International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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