Taught course

Contemporary History

University of Birmingham · Department of History

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree, normally in any humanities or social science discipline such as History, Politics, Cultural Studies, or Literature, and normally of an upper second-class standard. Relevant equivalent study or professional experience can also be considered for entry, for the MA, PGDip, and PGCert.

All applications are treated on their merits, and we are happy to consider applicants who may have travelled by non-standard routes. Applications should highlight your interest in the programme and any relevant experience you have, academic or otherwise.

Months of entry


Course content

The Contemporary History course is one of several pathways available within the MA History programme.

Whether you are interested in a variety of historical periods and approaches, or have a passion for a particular element of the past, our new MA History offers you the flexibility to study what interests you most.

The MA in History enables you to develop expertise across a variety of subjects in which the Department of History has significant strengths, which include Medieval Studies, Early Modern History, Global History, US History, Contemporary History, Public History and Modern British Studies.

You can also specialise in a particular historical pathway, including studying taught modules and writing your dissertation on a topic within the pathway area of specialism.

All applications are made to the MA History programme. If you would like to specialise in a particular pathway, you do not need to decide on applying. You will indicate this at the module choice process upon entry to the programme, allowing for greater flexibility in your Masters study.

Studying our MA History programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a large number of historians at Birmingham and the Department is unrivalled in the geographical and chronological breadth of its expertise.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    16 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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