Centre for Transnational History


MA Transnational Studies:

The MA in Transnational Studies is taught by experts from across UCL and examines the
impact of transnational connections on our social, political, cultural
and economic life worlds. With a focus on the movement of people, ideas
and goods across national boundaries on a global scale, the programme is
aimed at students with an academic background in humanities, social
sciences, law or politics as well as professionals working in the
transnational sector (NGOs, international organisations, development
etc). For more information on the MA in Transnational Studies, please click here or contact Dr Alex Goodall,

Transnational History Postgraduate Courses Offered at UCL (illustrative list):

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  • History and Theory of European Integration
  • Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
  • Continental Connections: Britain and Europe and the Eighteenth Century
  • Thinking Postcolonially: Britain and Empire in the Nineteenth Century
  • The Affluent Society in International Perspective
  • Signs, Mind and Society: Early Modern Debates on Language
  • Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe AD 500-1300
  • The Medieval Papacy
  • Infamous Writings. Controversies & Receptions in the History of Political Thought in Early Modern Europe
  • The United States and Latin America
  • Nationalism and National Identity in 20th-century Latin America
  • History, myth and nation in south-eastern Europe
  • Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe from Stalin to the Present: All Quiet on the Eastern Front
  • Little Hitlers? Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe, 1900-1945
  • Religion in South-East Europe: From the Age of Empires to Post-Communism
  • Politics, history and society of south-eastern Europe
  • The self and the world: Theoretical approaches to travel writing
  • Cities in eastern Europe
  • Scandinavian social democracy
  • Introduction to Holocaust studies

Graduate Programmes:

MA in History

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. 

MA in European History

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. 

Doctoral Research in the History Department

MA in the Dutch Golden Age

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 combines three fields: history, art history, and Dutch language/literature. Students take a course in each of these fields over the autumn and spring terms. In addition, they attend a bi-weekly research skills seminar. In the third term and over the following summer, they write a dissertation that links the different fields covered in the taught courses. Most students take the programme full-time over one year (September to September), but the option also exists to take it part-time over two.

MA in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History

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. 

MA in Ancient History

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.

UCL International Summer School for Undergraduates:

UCL Summer School for Undergraduates

The UCL Centre for Transnational History also offers a module as part of the UCL International Summer School for Undergraduates (4-22 July, 2016, or 25 July - 12 August, 2016). More information is available here.

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