Taught course

Global History: Empires, States and Cultures

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · History, Classics and Archaeology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

We offer a one-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Taught by experts in African, Asian, Atlantic, European and Middle Eastern histories, societies and cultures, this Master's degree will expand and deepen your understanding of world history through the exploration of global perspectives and interconnections across geographical and national boundaries. The course will introduce you to a wide range of themes in global history, including empires, nations, decolonisation, migration and diaspora, economies and commerce, environmental history and the transnational history of ideas. You will be encouraged to think expansively about connections between different approaches to global history and to undertake specialised research into particular regions of the world, such as South and East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the USA.

The compulsory core module explores specific topics and challenges in writing global history. You then choose three option modules from a wide variety offered by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and other departments at Birkbeck, opting, if you wish, to take a focused pathway through the degree by specialising in the history of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or the imperial and postcolonial periods.

Throughout the degree, you will be encouraged to develop both theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the historical development of globalisation, as well as learning research methods and accessing primary sources that will enable you to specialise in a topic of your choosing and write a dissertation.

The course offers you training to continue on to PhD research, if you wish, but it will also equip you with specialist knowledge and transferable skills for a wide range of careers, including policy research, media, NGOs and public history.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700