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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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 up to 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:
History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.
This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.
The Furlong Memorial Trust will award a bursary each year for the best application to the MA Ancient History with an interest in studying the near east.
For prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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).
The programme is strongly focused on career opportunities for students, particularly within NGOs, the charity sector, international organisations and development. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.
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"After finishing my PhD, I would love to work for a security agency in the public sector, such as Europol, or federal crime agencies or ministries in Brazil, Germany or the UK. I have undergone a lot of careers training while at UCL (Leadership in Action, Women in Management, Career Days)."
Subject: Americas (Institute of the), Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences
"I was able to develop my research interests into a more focussed package, which then helped me enormously when drafting my PhD research proposals."
PhD Candidate, UCL School of Public Policy, 2011
Subject: Political Science, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences