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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 cross-disciplinary programme taught by specialists from different UCL faculties.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

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.

English language requirement: Advanced

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

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.

Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core modules, (30 credits), language modules (up to 30 credits) optional modules (up to 45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is available.

Core Modules

  • Research Skills
  • Modern Language Module: from Beginners or to Advanced Level
  • Approaches to Transnational Studies: core readings, social theory and case studies

Options

  • Globalisation in the 20th Century
  • Security, Identity, Polarity
  • Comparable Peace Processes
  • Migration and Transformation
  • Population and Development
  • Economics of Transition
  • International and EU Refugee Law
  • Consumerism and Globalisation
  • Cultural Exchange: Methods and Approaches
  • Students select up to three optional courses from a list that may include:
  • Globalisation and Latin American Development: Latin America in the 21st Century
  • History and Theory of European Integration
  • People and Populations: an Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Nations and States in Transnational Perspective
  • Practical Documentary Filmmaking
  • Anthropology of Art and Design

Dissertation/report

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.

Funding

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Jean Orr Scholarship

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

Value:
£2,500
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

Value:
£7,000
Duration:
1 year

MARS Studentship

Value:
Full fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU students intending to study the MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies programme.

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Value:
Full Fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the Department of History.

Margaret Drower Studentship

Value:
Full Fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the Department of History.

James Henderson Studentship

Value:
Full fees and a maintence stipend of £11,817
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the History Department.

History Overseas Bursary

Value:
Full tuition fees
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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).

Employability

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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 95 taught students › 85 research students

Department: History

Application and next steps

Applications

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).

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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