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Fees and funding
History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Transnational Studies MA
With the advancement of communication technology and growing political awareness of globalisation, the impact of transnationality on our social, cultural and economic lives has increased dramatically. This MA is a closely integrated cross-disciplinary programme taught by specialists from different UCL faculties, including experts on Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.
What will I learn?
This MA focuses on the transnational movement of people, ideas and goods on a global scale, and the impact of such connections on our social, political and cultural worlds. Approaching transnationality as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, students will be taught by specialists in human rights, international relations, economics, health and migration.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
This cross-disciplinary programme is hosted by UCL's Centre for Transnational History, one of the UK's leading hubs for transnational research. The degree draws on research and teaching expertise from across UCL, offering optional modules that are taught by social scientists, historians and geographers, together with specialists in languages and area studies, law, politics and international health.
UCL is situated in the heart of London, one of the world's leading centres of cultural exchange, and home to numerous international organisations and NGOs. Within walking distance of institutions such as the British Library and the School of Advanced Studies, UCL offers excellent conditions for transnational research.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules, (45 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.
All students undertake an independent research project written up as a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and discussion seminars. Assessment is through unseen examinations, oral presentations, written coursework and the research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at students with an academic background in the humanities, social and political sciences, law or global health, as well as professionals working in the transnational sector (NGOs, international organisations, development).
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Transnational Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Transnational Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme will equip students for further academic study of transnational developments. It will also position students at an advantage for careers with international organisations, the development sector and Non-Governmental Organisations. (NB As the first cohort of students on the Transnational Studies MA will graduate in 2013, no information about career destinations is currently available).
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: