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).


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

MA courses
  • Unity before the Union: The Idea of Europe in the Modern Era
  • Enlightenment Histories: History and Time in Eighteenth-Century Thought and Culture
  • 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 Transnational Studies

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.

Degree Structure:

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits.

Core modules:

  • 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)
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 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.

PhD projects
  • Subterranean Bourgeois Blues: Urban Folk Music Revivalism, England and America 1945-1975
  • Between Revolution and Reform - The 1848 Hungarian National Movement and British Liberalism
  • A Cultural History of the Button
  • All that Glisters is not Gold: alchemy, colour and truth in the middle ages
  • American Foundations and the 'Scientific Study of International Relations' c.1920-1939
  • Anglo-German Relations in the British and German Armies 1689-1815
  • Cultural Transactions between Europe and Spanish America: fin-de-siècle debates on the concept of degeneration
  • Ethnicity in Viking Age England and Francia
  • European Internationalism(s), 1880-1930: Brussels as a centre for transnational cooperation
  • Female Involvement in British Medical Missions
  • Hegelians on the Slopes of Vesuvius: a transnational study on the intellectual history of Naples (1815-1861)
  • Karia and Crete: a study in cultural interaction
  • Nineteenth Century British Travellers in Latin America
  • Philanthropy in Birmingham and Sydney, 1860-1914: class, gender and race
  • Representations of Ram Mohun Roy, from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present
  • The American Way of Life: Images of the US in 19th-century Brazil
  • The American Way of Life: Images of the US in 19th-century France
  • The Cult of the Virgin Mary and the Papal Curia from the Council of Constance to the Council of Trent
  • The Domestic and Papal Court between Avignon and Rome in the Pontificate of Urban V
  • The Problem of Bodily Continuity in the Middle Ages
  • The Relationship between Anglo-American Relations, the European Recovery Programme and the British Empire
  • Thinking with Missionaries: an investigation into missionary discourses about the peoples and places they encountered in India and Southern Africa, c.1840-1910

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).