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MA History

Studying history can help us understand change and enhance our understanding of the modern world.

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Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2-3 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

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Course Code

HSTSTDMA

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Christine Grandy - Programme Leader

Dr Christine Grandy - Programme Leader

Dr Grandy is a social and cultural historian of media in 20th century Britain. She is Programme Leader for MA History and teaches an archive-based module on 20th century Britain, which revolves around the holdings of MACE, and also the module'Race, Media, and Screen Culture in 20th Century Britain.' At level 2, she is part of the 20th century teaching team on 'Bright Young Things to Brexit: British Media and Society in 20th century Britain'.

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Welcome to MA History

This rigorous Master’s programme is designed to develop students’ specialist knowledge of history alongside advanced research skills that are transferable to a variety of careers paths, including PhD study.

Students can specialise in history of gender and sexuality, media history, contemporary British history, or pursue a general programme of study instead. Through cumulative research, students can develop the relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness.

The city of Lincoln is rich in history and heritage making it the perfect setting in which to conduct history research. Students can benefit from the historical resources available in the city, including an extensive archive of materials at the on-campus Media Archive of Central England (MACE), the International Bomber Command Centre, and The Wren Library at Lincoln Cathedral which houses several thousand early modern books.

Students on the course are expected to undertake an in-depth independent research project and produce a detailed dissertation.

How You Study

The taught modules are delivered through a series of seminars. Students are supported in researching and writing their dissertation with a series of tutorial meetings with their supervisor.

Students on this course should expect to receive three to four hours of contact time per week. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.

Core modules:

  • Historical Research (12 weeks)
  • Themes in Contemporary British History OR Themes and Issues in Media History OR Themes and Issues in the History of Gender and Sexuality (12 weeks)
  • The Dissertation Map (six weeks)
  • The Public Historian (six weeks)

In addition to the core modules, students are invited to choose one 12-week optional module. Optional modules can include:

  • Early Modern Manhood
  • Sex and Science in the Western World, 1800-present
  • The Making of Contemporary Britain: From Sexual Liberation to Deindustrialisation 1970-1990
  • Gender and Material Culture in Modern Britain
  • Photographing Empire
  • Everyday Britain: MACE (The Media Archive For Central England) and the Historian
  • The History of the Book: Media and Print Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • The Study of Political History in Britain
  • Break Ranks! Antimilitarism, Pacifism and Resistance to War
  • The British Image of the United States (1896-Present day)
  • Literature, Politics, and Identity in Interwar Europe
  • Print Culture and the Book in the Nineteenth Century

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

The dissertation is designed to enable students to conduct a sustained piece of work which draws upon their research and self-organisational skills. The dissertation will require students to explore the problematic nature of primary source materials and they will be expected to analyse the relationship between primary and secondary sources. Engagement with recent scholarship in the field and a synthesis of a substantial amount of secondary literature is expected within the dissertation. Where appropriate, as part of their research, students will need to consider ethical dimensions associated with their area of inquiry.

Module Overview

This module offers students the opportunity to develop advanced expertise in historical research, such that they are prepared to undertake the MA dissertation but also to pursue doctoral research or other professional research work. The focus is not just on practical skills involving the finding and recording of material, but on refining skills of analysis and approaches to methodology developed at undergraduate level, as well as the critical incorporation of theoretical approaches into research design.

Module Overview

This module will focus on developing a dissertation proposal as a type of ‘dissertation map’ that students can refer to as they commence independent research and writing for their MA Dissertation. Students will be introduced to the key aspects of a dissertation proposal (sources, methodology and historiography) and develop their own approaches to these as they relate to their chosen project. The module will finish with a ‘Proposal Roundtable’ where students will present their proposals to fellow students and staff within the School of History and Heritage.

Module Overview

History is everywhere in the world around us. You can find it in popular fiction, in heritage sites run by organisations like the National Trust or by local communities, in the educational settings of schools and museums, and in government policy shaped by the past successes and failures of the state. This module will reflect the current diversity of non-academic forms of history and will aim to further students' understanding of the nature and practice of public history by exploring the aims, techniques and outcomes of different forms of historical practice. The module encourages students to reflect on the differences between professional and public history in order to enhance their understanding of the purposes of the historical discipline beyond the academy, and to deepen their awareness of how different producers create histories and how audiences interpret these histories. It also encourages students to think practically about how to use such insights in the planning of their own public history resource.

Module Overview

This module aims to examine the history of peace/antiwar movements both nationally and internationally. It explores forms of noncompliance to war regulations among civilians and in the army. Students can study the theoretical underpinnings of this field and apply that knowledge in designing and developing their own research project for the final assessment. Areas covered include theories of pacifism/antimilitarism, war resistance in art and literature, religious opposition to war, women in peace movements and anti-war movements today.

Module Overview

This module introduces key issues and concepts in gender history, with particular reference to early modern masculinity. An introduction to key ideas and scholars is provided, focussing particularly on the ways in which scholars of the history of masculinity use a variety of texts – from journals and letters to visual material and published works – in order to elucidate the ideals and experiences of both early modern men and women. The module offers students the opportunity to engage in sustained analysis of developments in scholarship relating to masculinity in the period c.1500-1750. This is designed to enable them to demonstrate their understanding and ability to structure their own research, utilising primary and secondary sources, including works from cognate disciplines such as gender theory and other theoretically-informed approaches.

Module Overview

This archive-based MA module makes use of the considerable resources of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) as an entrance into the history of the ‘everyday’ in 20th century Britain. Students can familiarise themselves firstly with concepts of the ‘everyday’ within British history and its relationship to a range of identities in the 20th century, secondly with the archival holdings of MACE as a means of exploring these concepts and thirdly, the ‘mediatisation’ of everyday life in the 20th century.

Module Overview

This module considers the ways in which gender, gendered identities and gendered experiences were constituted, modified and enforced through and by material culture in modern Britain from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. It draws on current research which examines a wide range of objects, buildings and materials in order to investigate how changes in global trade and the economic organisation of society intersected with developing ideas of gender and gendered impulses towards self-expression. The module will take a broadly chronological approach but will also take a thematic approach, examining different categories of object such as fashion and clothing, and domestic objects. Students will also have the chance to gain experience and confidence in using material culture in historical research and will survey the literature on this subject.

Module Overview

The inter-war period in Europe was an unprecedented time of political and social upheaval. Also unique, was the way in which literature had a key role, not only in documenting this upheaval but as a powerful tool of self expression and self making. Many writers during this period saw their words as an intervention in the fight between right and left, alongside fights for gender equality, and the right to sexual freedom. This module will examine five key battlegrounds of political, social and sexual change: Russia, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Britain, and the ways in which writers engaged with this process. This will allow students to reflect upon the relationship between fact and fiction and the ways in which both history and life stories are shaped to fit particular narratives. The course enables students to critically engage with literary material including novels, poetry, memoir and diaries, and to use these materials as a historical source. It is designed to allow students to interrogate the nature of writing fictional and non-fictional material, and the ways in which these genres often overlap in the writing of history and the narrating of individual lives.

Module Overview

This module will examine photographs produced during the era of European imperialism. The development of, and greater accessibility to, photography coincided with the era of high imperialism in the late nineteenth century and this module builds on recent scholarship which places the production and the impact of photographs at the heart of studies of the empire. Students can investigate the many ways in which the photographic image became a technology of power in the imperial project.

Module Overview

This module is designed to examine the history of the book and print culture over the long nineteenth century, from social, cultural, and economic standpoints. Questions addressed include: How were Victorian texts written, revised, illustrated, published, printed, distributed, and sold? How did copyright debates over the century affect literary productions? What was the impact of serialisation and the periodical press on both the publishing industry and the reader or consumer? What place did the book-as-object have within Victorian material culture? How do Victorian texts themselves depict reading, writing, and the book? How does reading texts alongside images qualify reading and interpretation? The module considers a range of printed materials, including but not limited to books, periodicals, newspapers, illustrations, and printed ephemera. It provides opportunities to use the extensive and unique resources of the Tennyson Research Centre, conservation labs, and online resources such as Victorian periodical facsimiles. Students are also expected to read a novel in serialised form in a periodical, discussing one or two ‘numbers’ each week, to recapture and explore the experience of reading serially.

Module Overview

This module explores the medicalisation of sexuality from the nineteenth century to the present. Although what was considered healthy sexual behaviour had long occupied Western medical thought, in the nineteenth century physicians grouped together a series of sexual issues and made them the object of intense specialised analysis unparalleled in previous medical study. Students can explore how medical knowledge has shaped understandings of sex differences, gender, sexual behaviour and sexuality over time, and how, in turn, political and cultural problems have influenced science.

Module Overview

The Anglo-American relationship has been a central facet of British foreign policy throughout the twentieth century. Its pioneering historian, H.C. Allen, asserted the relationship could only be understood by considering political factors in conjunction with cultural links. This module examines one aspect of this process through the representation of America and Americans in British novels, films and TV series since the Great Rapprochement of the 1890s. It considers what the British image of the United States was and asks how did it develop over the course of the century? How far do the fictionalised relationships reflect the political relationships of the time in which they were written, and how far do they present an alternative story of Anglo-American relations? How far should we accept Allen’s contention that the cultural dimension of the relationship is critical to understanding its history?

Module Overview

This module is designed to help students read critically the history and historiography of the early modern book. The module will cover the principal social, economic, political and literary developments in the evolution of print media and culture, how they interacted during the early modern era, as well as debates over their interpretation. Through close reading of primary sources from the Wren Library and appropriate secondary sources, and class discussion about problems of interpretation, students can come to understand the development and interaction of the history of ideas with the production, circulation and reception of books in early modern society.

Module Overview

The 1970s and 1980s in Britain were contradictory decades. They saw the advent of second wave feminism, gay rights, vibrant youth subcultures and the weakening of the class system, alongside a return to the right in politics, institutionalised sexism and homophobia, and the destruction of the traditional working class. This module will examine key issues and events in these decades to understand these contradictions and analyse their lasting impact on contemporary Britain. Students will be able to engage with various themes such as sexuality, gender, class, race and identity, and tailor their assessments to pursue a combination of these areas.

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to engage critically with the writing of British political history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A variety of different approaches to this subject are in turn analysed and contextualized. Their relationships with other approaches are examined through scrutiny of a series of historiographical debates. In the second half of the module, students can examine a number of modern texts and historical writing dealing with the period 1885-1924, in order to test out how these different approaches have influenced political historians.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce postgraduate students to recent methodologies, theories and debates in media history. It combines an examination of the development of modern media technologies and institutions (especially the press, photography, cinema, television and radio) with an analysis of new scholarship to highlight past and present approaches to media history, as well as future directions in the field. Students can explore a range of perspectives on media history, including technological, social, economic and political accounts. They will be asked to engage critically with up-to-date media history research, and to develop their own positions on current historiographical questions.

Module Overview

This course focuses on the history of gender and sexuality and introduces some of the key concepts and thinkers in the field, from feminists to queer theories. It examines some of the historical debates about notions of gender and sexuality, and the complex structures binding them together. It looks at the intersections of gender and sexuality with class, race, ethnicity and other modes of social belonging, and covers different geographical areas. It also introduces students to the main methodologies with which to approach the historical documents relevant to the history of gender and sexuality, from the early modern period to the present. This module also aims to widen students’ understanding of the themes and issues in the history of gender and sexuality, provide students with the conceptual and practical skills of an historian of gender and sexuality, and strengthen students’ critical thinking in the field.

Module Overview

This module will explore recent works and debates within contemporary British history, with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will examine key animating questions within the field relating to class, race, gender and sexuality, while further exploring recent new directions such as urban history and the ‘emotional turn’ within contemporary British history. The module is organised thematically with an emphasis on recent work in the field. The module emphasises journals, monographs and online debates as key sites for contesting and contributing to the field of contemporary British history. Students have the opportunity to develop a strong understanding of contemporary British history as it currently stands, as well as the multiple avenues through which it is articulated.

Module Overview

This module introduces students to some of the most important and innovative themes, debates and controversies relating to global history. Global understanding of the early modern and modern world presents challenges that are shared among several sub-fields in historical studies. Students will engage with the major themes in the field, which may include, but are not limited to, transoceanic communication, the circulation of knowledge, technological development, race, empire, trade, climate, urban expansion, among others. Students will have the opportunity to critically examine scholarly research which has focused in one or more ‘regions’ of early modern and modern history, namely, the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

A variety of forms of assessment are used during this programme, including research projects, essays, public engagement projects, presentations, book reviews, portfolios, and the 15,000-20,000 word dissertation.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

2:1 honours degree in History or a related subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Features

Students will be encouraged to take an active part in the academic life of the School by attending events and research seminars organised by the School of History and Heritage and by research groups in the College of Arts.

Career Opportunities

The skills and knowledge acquired from studying history are valued by many professions. This programme aims to develop the advanced knowledge and expert research skills valued in both the public and private sectors.

As effective writers and communicators, historians can go on to careers in journalism, communications, and marketing. Research and organisation skills produce outstanding librarians, information managers, and researches, while many historian graduates also go on to complete additional study to become lawyers, diplomats, and public officials.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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