Modern History, MLitt

Modern History, MLitt

Introduction

Our taught postgraduate degree in Modern History allows you to extend your knowledge, skills and interests in topics as diverse as the Civil Rights Movement; history of slavery; modern Middle East; Commonwealth, empire and globalization; constitutional monarchies; childhood and youth culture; history of science and technology; and the great conflicts and developments of the 20th century. We have particular strengths in Scottish, British, European, Middle Eastern, African and American history. Join our world-leading faculty to debate the issues that shape our society.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MLitt
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September

The Aberdeen MLitt in Modern History combines cutting-edge teaching, professional skills training, and individual research. Our wide-ranging expertise in modern history allows you to pursue the areas that most interest you, working closely and often one-on-one with our leading international scholars.

Students on the Aberdeen MLitt in Modern History have access to a wide range of courses in a variety of fields, including cultural, social, political, military, media and emotions history. You can focus on the local, accessing archives and special collections relating to the history of North-East Scotland, or take a global perspective with our experts on America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Commonwealth and imperial history. You will join a dynamic community of History postgraduates, offering you the opportunity to take part in supportive and stimulating workshops, research seminars, reading weekends and social events. In addition to our taught programme, we also offer an MLitt in History as a research degree.

Read about studying History as a research degree.

What You'll Study

Note: Students choose 60 credits per term, including the dissertation, on a topic chosen by you and supervised by an expert faculty member, in the summer. Individual courses are 15 or 30 credits; typically, you will choose between 2-4 courses each term. Representative courses are listed below.

Degree Content

Compulsory Courses

Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD5006)

This course, which is prescribed for all taught postgraduate students, is studied entirely online, takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks.

Topics include orientation overview, equality and diversity, health, safety and cyber security and how to make the most of your time at university in relation to careers and employability.

Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’.

Research Preparation in Historical Studies (HI5594)

15 Credit Points

This course consists of a mixture of two-hour group seminars and shorter supervision meetings with the member of staff best equipped to advise you on your dissertation topic. It will involve detailed discussion of your research ideas and planning with the aim of providing the fullest preparation for researching and writing the dissertation in the summer and research beyond. Fundamental to the success of the course are mutual feedback and support within the student group.

Dissertation in Historical Studies (HI5917)

60 Credit Points

An individually supervised project with a 15,000-word dissertation for students to complete their MLitt qualification

Optional Courses

  • (HI5913) Research Paper
Special Subject (HI502K)

30 Credit Points

This course allows you to participate in lectures and seminars for a specialist upper-level undergraduate (Honours) course in History or a neighbouring discipline, with tailored postgraduate-level research and assessment methods. The course is open to students on any of the campus-based PGT programmes in History, and you are able to choose the option that best suits your interests and programme, in consultation with your programme coordinator.

Example courses, from a wide range available each year, include: History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286-1328; Britain and Revolutionary Russia 1917-1924; The Black Radical Tradition; Myths of the North; Enlightenment Compared: Ireland, Scotland, Central Europe.

Engaging with Historiography (HI502T)

30 Credit Points

Students work closely with a member of staff to develop a detailed knowledge of and write a critical survey of the literature in their chosen field. This helps students develop research skills required for the literature review in the dissertation, but will be much broader in scope to ensure they have a secure grasp of the relevant research in their field. The course enhances students' ability to identify and engage critically with a body of literature and improve their skills in academic writing appropriate to postgraduate work.

Directed Reading in History (HI503A)

30 Credit Points

This course allows you to define and explore a specialised research topic of your choosing. You will work one-on-one with an expert supervisor to develop a sustained line of inquiry and tailored bibliography. Regular meetings with your supervisor allow for in-depth discussion of your reading, culminating in an extended research essay in your chosen area.

Independent Reading In Historical Studies (HI552G)

15 Credit Points

This course allows you to pursue a specific, tailored line of study related to your postgraduate degree programme. Expert, one-on-one supervisory support will guide your project as you develop independent research skills and specialist knowledge, culminating in a concise research essay in your chosen area.

Special Subject (HI552K)

30 Credit Points

This course allows you to participate in lectures and seminars for a specialist upper-level undergraduate (Honours) course in History or a neighbouring discipline, with tailored postgraduate-level research and assessment methods. The course is open to students on any of the campus-based PGT programmes in History, and you are able to choose the option that best suits your interests and programme, in consultation with your programme coordinator.

Example courses, from a wide range available each year, include: History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286-1328; Britain and Revolutionary Russia 1917-1924; The Black Radical Tradition; Myths of the North; Enlightenment Compared: Ireland, Scotland, Central Europe.

Approaching Archives (HI552L)

15 Credit Points

What is an archive and how can it be used? Students are introduced to some archives in Aberdeen and learn how to make best use of these important resources for research. Seminars investigate the history and philosophy of archival collections, and how they relate to museums, libraries and galleries; approaches to the evaluation of contents of archives and qualitative analyses of specific collections. Assessment is based on a 5000-word essay in which students are asked to identify and analyse material from a specific archive which may be in Aberdeen, or elsewhere in Scotland, the UK, or abroad.

Presenting Historical Research (HI552R)

30 Credit Points

Students complete the course with an enhanced ability to present convincing academic arguments and research findings in writing and, particularly orally. They improve their critical engagement with the research and arguments of other historians.

Students attend research seminars and write a seminar comparison report, fostering engagement with the process of presenting arguments and research findings.

Following training in presentation skills, students present their dissertation proposals in a workshop, recording their presentation using Camtasia, and respond to questions from staff and students. Students then write a reflective analysis of their presentations.

History and the Media (HI553C)

15 Credit Points

History has long had a high profile in literature, film and television; its presence has expanded exponentially in the digital age, with a vast range of new historically-based websites, computer games, and blogs. This course will consider the use of history and historical themes in literature, film, and television. In an age claimed to be post Truth, it will consider the dividing-line between fiction and history, the problems of historical authenticity and artistic licence, and the use and misuse of history by politicians and other public figures.

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £22,000
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £10,000
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

You can also find funding opportunities advertised on the University’s funding database.

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.

Scholarships

Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Assessment is continuous and by a variety of means but focuses on research-led written work. Some courses include presentations or skills-based tasks to enhance your experience and professional development.

Why Study Modern History?

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the major developments, challenges and questions that shape the modern world.
  • Explore local and global perspectives.
  • Work with experts producing cutting-edge research in your area.
  • Tailor your degree to suit you: our MLitt Modern History gives you the foundation for doctoral research or career paths reliant on research, communication, complex analysis and decision making.
  • Study on our beautiful Old Aberdeen campus, with a tradition of historical study dating back more than 500 years.

Entry Requirements

For more information about the application process, including details about which supporting documents you will be asked to provide, please click here.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships

Careers

A postgraduate degree in History prepares you for careers in all fields that value analytical thinking, creative problem solving, and high-level research skills. Our students have gone on to careers including teaching, government, public service, journalism, and corporations. The MLitt degree is also a pathway to further academic study or personal enrichment.

The Careers and Employability Service can help you plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us.

More information on employability at the University of Aberdeen.

More information on the Careers and Employability Service.

Aberdeen is Famous for Boece

Hector Boece wrote his History of the Scottish People here in the 1520s. He was the first Principal of King's College, writing the Chronicles of Scotland

Lively research community

Join our postgraduate reading weekends at The Burn, a spectacular 18th-century mansion house and estate in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Special Collections

Home to over 230,000 archival collections, providing insight into the history and culture of North-East Scotland: records of families, churches, organisations, and businesses.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Professor Anthony Heywood
Dr Andrew Dilley
Dr Heidi Mehrkens
Dr Ben Marsden
Professor Michael Brown
Professor Marjory Harper
Dr Richard Anderson
Professor Thomas Weber
Dr Alessandra Cecolin
Dr Cecilia Brioni
Dr Owen Walsh
Dr Laura Mair
Programme Coordinator
Dr Hannah Burrows

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Facilities

We have a range of research centres led by academic experts and researchers in their respective fields. The centres support collaborations between scholars across other disciplines within and outside the university.

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The Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies

The Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies

The Centre focuses on teaching, engaging, and researching the history, philosophy and ethics, literature and museology of science, technology, and medicine.

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The Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Centre focuses on teaching, engaging, and researching the history, philosophy and ethics, literature and museology of science, technology, and medicine.

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Centre For Global Security and Governance

The Centre for Global Security and Governance brings together academic experts, policy makers, and students to define, analyse, and propose remedies to the most pressing security and governance challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

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Get in Touch

Contact Details

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