Taught course

Early Modern History

University of Sheffield · Department of History

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in history or another humanities or social sciences subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the fascinating wealth of economic, political, social and cultural change that took place between c.1500 and c.1800.

Course description

The MA in Early Modern History draws on our long tradition of cutting edge early-modern historical research and uses this expertise to provide a compelling examination of the early modern world as well as the opportunity to rethink some key narratives of change. You’ll work with our internationally-renowned academics to explore economic, political, social and cultural change that was broad in reach and profound in its effects.

Our MA coureses are designed to help you carry out specialist research under expert supervision in a friendly and supportive environment.

The core module develops your understanding of key historiographical and methodological approaches and your skills in using relevant sources, while the Dissertation provides you the opportunity to further develop your skills and apply your knowledge in an independent research project. This is supported by the Research Presentation module which develops your skills in presenting research to a non-specialist audience.

Our range of option modules allow you to focus on the particular skills and knowledge that are most important to you. You can choose from a wide range of modules focussing on particular historical themes, supporting specific history research training and public history modules. All of this helps you build a broad range of transferable skills that will be desirable to future employers both inside and outside of academia.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

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

Course contact details

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