The departments connected through the Centre for Transnational History combine a distinguished intellectual tradition with an ideal location. It is in the middle of the best concentration of resources for historical research in Europe, being a few minutes from the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, the Warburg Institute, the Institute of Latin American Studies, and a Tube ride away from the other research resources of London. The Royal Historical Society has its base in UCL. The research culture in Bloomsbury is intensive and supportive. Graduate students have an active collective intellectual life.
Course Tutor: Axel Körner
The MA Transnational Studies is a closely integrated cross-disciplinary programme taught by specialists from different UCL faculties, including experts on Europe, the Americas, the Near East and East Asia. The course is aimed at students with an academic background in humanities, social and political sciences, law or global health as well as professionals working in the transnational sector (NGOs, international organisations, development).
What will I learn?
You will study the transnational movement of people, ideas and goods on a global scale and the impact of such connections on our social, political and cultural life worlds. Approaching transnationality as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, you will be taught by specialists in human rights, international relations, economics, health and migration.
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits.
- Transnational Approaches (15 credits)
- Research Skills (15 credits)
Students choose up to three optional courses (45 credits) from a list of over 30 modules in different disciplines. These might include:
- Cultural Exchange: methods and approaches
- Thinking Postcolonially
- International and EU Refugee Law
- Economics of Transition
- Population and Development
- Migration and Transformation
- Comparable Peace Processes
- Security, Identity, Polarity
- Anthropology of Art and Design
- Practical Documentary Filmmaking
- The degree includes a half unit (15 credits) in a Modern Language at beginners or advanced level (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, major European languages, including Russian and Central European languages).
- All students undertake an independent research project for which they produce a dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits)
The MA in History provides
the opportunity to combine specialised historical study of a variety of
periods and locations with training in essential research skills. By
offering a high degree of flexibility, the programme encourages
students to think across the boundaries of particular times and places,
and develop comparative and cross-disciplinary perspectives on world
history from the medieval era to the present day. Students are able to
choose from a broad range of optional taught courses, which reflect the
extensive geographical, chronological and methodological diversity of
the research expertise of the UCL Department of History, as well as the
Departments of Italian, German, Scandinavian Studies, Goldsmiths
College, the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, and
other selected departments in the University of London. Alongside these
options, the core course provides students with training in historical
research skills, introducing the principal research resources available
in London, providing guidance on methodology and techniques of
presentation and publication, and offering teaching by leading
practitioners on key debates in current historical circles.
The MA in European History,
run jointly with the UCL Centre for European Studies, is designed to
encourage students to pursue their interests in European history in
depth and to obtain training specifically designed for undertaking
research in European history. Geographically, the degree deals with
West, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and regions such as
Scandinavia and the Balkans. It offers the opportunity to study
European History in a transnational and comparative perspective and at
the same time to focus on specific European countries or regions. There
are optional courses on the history of single countries such as France,
Britain, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia and the Soviet Union
among others. These courses cover different sub-disciplines of history,
including social and economic history, political history, cultural and
intellectual history, gender history, diplomatic and military history.
The degree's core course introduces students to specific research
skills and to different theoretical, methodological and
historiographical approaches of writing European history. The
chronology of the various components covers the medieval, early modern,
modern and contemporary periods.
The MA in the Dutch Golden Age is designed to give
students a thorough understanding of the history and culture of the
Netherlands in the early modern period, focusing on the Dutch Republic
during its seventeenth-century
efflorescence. Jointly offered by UCL, King's College, and the Courtauld
Institute, the programme draws on the full range of expertise within the
University of London for study of this subject. Interdisciplinary, it
three fields: history, art history, and Dutch language/literature.
a course in each of these fields over the autumn and spring terms. In
they attend a bi-weekly research skills seminar. In the third term and
following summer, they write a dissertation that links the different
covered in the taught courses. Most students take the programme
one year (September to September), but the option also exists to take it
part-time over two.
The MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History is an intercollegiate University of London programme which draws on the
expertise of academic staff from the Colleges and Institutes of the University
as a whole in the fields of the history of political thought and intellectual
history. The programme offers advanced training in intellectual history, the
history of political thought and the history of philosophy, spanning the period
from the ancient world to the twenty-first century.
The MA in Ancient History draws on the resources of the whole Federal University of London.
The MA provides research training above all through its Sources and Methods
core-course, which offers the opportunity to get to grips with other disciplines
useful to Ancient Historians, notably social anthropology, and with auxiliary
techniques which cannot usually be learned in a first degree: notably
archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, and textual criticism. It also
offers teaching in Greek, Latin, and other ancient Italic languages, and Ancient
Near Eastern Languages.
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