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Social and Cultural History MA (Full time / Part time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    The history of people, their societies and cultures is the focus of this programme, where you’ll explore how people have lived and died across periods and geographies.

    Core modules will improve your research skills and introduce you to key concepts and issues in social and cultural history. You’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to focus on societies and periods that interest you.

    You could study apartheid in South Africa, communities and castes in India, birth and death in medieval Europe or social movements in the USA. You’ll be able to focus on gender, race and religion as well as other issues that have shaped the lives of individuals and communities.

    Taught by expert researchers within the School of History and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, this programme uses the latest approaches and thinking in social and cultural history to give you an insight into the lives of others.

    We have a wealth of resources allowing you to explore topics that interest you. The world-class Brotherton Library and its Special Collections contain a huge number of early printed, archive and manuscript materials including the Liddle Collection on the First and Second World Wars, Leeds Library of Vernacular Culture, manuscript and commonplace books, travel journals and one of the best collections of cookery books and household manuals in the country.

    Extensive collections of national, regional and local newspapers from over the years are available on microfilm, as well as cartoons and satirical prints from the British Museum and extensive collections of letters and correspondence. There’s even the Yorkshire Fashion Archive and M&S Archive on campus, allowing you to gain a real insight into popular culture over time.

    This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

  • Course content

    From the beginning of the programme you’ll study core modules developing your knowledge and skills in social and cultural history, building your understanding of research methods and exploring central concepts and debates in the subject.

    In both semesters, you’ll also have the chance to choose optional modules from a wide range on offer, allowing you to focus on issues, themes and societies that interest you. You could draw on the diverse expertise of our tutors to select modules across Indian, African, American, British and Latin American history.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with partner organisations, such as the West Yorkshire Archive Service, by studying the ‘Making History: Archive Collaborations’ optional module.

    This programme will equip you with a broad skill set for historical research as well as a good base of subject knowledge. You’ll be able to demonstrate these with your dissertation, which allows you to conduct independent research on a topic of your choice. You’ll submit this by the end of the programme in September.

    If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Methodology in History 30 credits
    • Dissertation (Social and Cultural) 60 credits
    • Concepts and Debates in Social and Cultural History 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Making History: Archive Collaborations 30 credits
    • East and West: Comparisons in European History, 1939-73 30 credits
    • From Testimony to Evidence - Cultures of Knowledge, 1500 - 1800 30 credits
    • Coolies, Convicts and Concubines: Slavery and 'Unfree' labour in India and the Indian Ocean World 30 credits
    • Medicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 30 credits
    • Women, Gender and Sexuality: Archives and Approaches 30 credits
    • Introduction to the History of Technology 30 credits
    • International History and its Challenges: European Foreign Policies in the Age of Imperialism 30 credits
    • India since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence 30 credits
    • Patriotic Protest: Social Movements and Political Dissent in the United States of America 30 credits
    • Sexuality and Disease in African History 30 credits
    • Britain and the Slave Trade 30 credits
    • The Fragility of the Spanish State: Identity, Conflict and Resistance, 1808-1939 30 credits
    • Christian Society and the Crusades, 1185-1230 30 credits
    • Lifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages 30 credits
    • The British Settler Colonies in Africa - From Colonial Conquest to the Present Day 30 credits
    • Race and Second Wave Feminism in the US 30 credits
    • The Medieval Tournament: Combat and Spectacle in Western Europe, 1100-1600 30 credits
    • Medieval Bodies 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Social and Cultural History MA Full Time in the course catalogue

    For more information on typical modules, read Social and Cultural History MA Part Time in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods. The majority of your modules will be taught through weekly seminars, where you’ll discuss issues and themes in your chosen modules with a small group of students and your tutors. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, giving you the space to shape your own studies and develop your skills.

    Assessment

    We use different types of assessment to help you develop a wide range of skills, including presentations, research proposals, case studies and essays, depending on the subjects you choose.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in History or a related subject.

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of History postgraduate admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Documents and information you need:

    A copy of your BA transcript, or a partial one if you are still studying.

    Two academic references.

    Evidence of your English language qualifications in English isn’t your first language.

    You may also be asked to provide a sample of your written work, such as an assessed undergraduate essay.

    Deadlines:

    We usually aim to process your application within 2-4 weeks. However, during the busy April-June period this can take up to six weeks.

    We recommend that you apply as early as possible so you can leave enough time to make any arrangements before starting the programme, such as moving to Leeds or visa applications. Application deadlines for scholarships are likely to close much sooner.

    Occasionally we may invite applicants to interview before deciding whether to offer them a place.

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    University of Leeds Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £6,750 (total)

    International: £15,750 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    This programme will heighten your cultural and social awareness as well as allowing you to build your historical knowledge. You’ll also gain high-level research, analysis and communication skills that will prove valuable in a wide range of careers.

    Graduates have found success in a wide range of careers in education, research and the private sector. Many others have continued with their studies at PhD level.

    We offer different forms of support to help you reach your career goals. You’ll have the chance to attend our career groups, meeting students with similar plans, or you could become a paid academic mentor to an undergraduate completing their final-tear dissertation. You could also apply for one of the internships we offer each year.


    Careers support

    Please view our Scholarships and Employment page for the latest information about School scholarships.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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