You can study MA History full time over
one year or part time split across two
Your studies consist of four modules,
two of which are core: Key debates
and research methods in history – an
assessment of current trends and
methodologies in the discipline
of history, and public history – an
examination of the theory and practice
of how the past is presented to public
You supplement these with two option
modules, where you select the areas
of history that interest you the most
as you choose from the research
specialisms of the History team.*
The team's areas of expertise include:
early modern European and British
history including religious and military
history; imperialism, colonialism and
de-colonisation in the modern period;
the political, cultural and social history
of 19th-century Britain; Ireland since
1900; British military and diplomatic
history during the 20th century;
European integration; politics and
society in the USA since 1900; and
The programme culminates in an
independently researched MA History
MAHI704 Piracy and Privateering, 1560-1816
This module explores piracy and privateering activity in the seas around the British Isles and further afield from the reign of Queen Elizabeth to the end of the second Barbary War in 1816. This course focuses on the social history of piracy and privateering, the organisation of pirate society, and the economic impact of piracy and privateering.
MAHI705 The African American Experience
This module examines the experience of African Americans from Emancipation at the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Civil Rights movement at the end of World War II.
MAHI706 The Civil Rights Movement
Examining the African American struggle for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s.
MAHI709 The French Wars of Religion 1558-1598
The module will examine the causes, progress and termination of the French Wars of Religion after 1558. The main topics will be the relationships between Catholic and Protestant, the impact of war on royal authority, the experiences of confessional groups, towns, nobles and peasants, and the resolution of conflict under Henri IV.
MAHI710 The Irish Revolution 1912-37
This module examines the political, social and cultural history of Ireland during the period 1912-1937 with particular focus on causes and effects of partition and the nature what is known as the `Irish revolution¿.
MAHI712 Empire of Law. Ruling the British Empire 1760-1960
The module introduces the methodology of using law as a window to political and social history. It will deal with legal governance in the British Empire, examining how laws were created, applied, resisted and recast; how law related to powerful ideas and how legal disputes can be used as windows to social changes. The empirical content will focus on the British empire in south and south-east Asia, with frequent comparisons made with Africa and Australia.
MAHI716 America and the United Nations 1945 to the present
This module provides a detailed examination of the relationship between the United States of America and the United Nations in the management of international relations from 1945 to the present.
MAHI718 Independent Research Project in History
A research project leading to an essay (8000 words), devised with tutorial supervision, in a field not offered in the History module options, or where the student has previously studied the topic within a module at BA level 6 and is consequently not permitted to take the MA option version (also, in exceptional circumstances where the module option timetable means that a student is unable to choose an option).
MAHI721 From Unification to Reunification: Key Themes in Modern German History
This module is an introduction to the major themes of political, social and economic development in Germany, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Themes include nineteenth century revolution and unification, Imperialism and WW1, from the Weimar Republic to Dictatorship, WW2, the FRG and the GDR; and revolution and reunification.
MAHI722 Elizabeth I: The Failure of a Dynasty?
This module will allow students to explore how Elizabeth I and her regime dealt with the major religious, dynastic, social and international conflicts and challenges of her reign. Students will explore the limits of the Elizabethan regime¿s success, engaging directly with contemporary views, while also considering the subsequent history and mythology of the last Tudor monarch.
MAHI723 Key Debates in Modern Japanese History
This module is an introduction to the major themes of political, social and economic development in Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
MAHI724 Key Aspects of Maritime History
This module will allow students to focus on a key aspect of maritime history between 1450 and 2000. Using primary sources and recent historiography students will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a crucial element of modern maritime history such as logistical, naval, cultural, political, technological changes and social history in the last 600 years.
MAHI725 Victorian Sites
This introduces students to important themes - social, cultural, political, intellectual - in the nineteenth century through built environments including `iconic¿ sites like the Palace of Westminster, Royal Courts of Justice, St Pancras railway station, Crystal Palace; and others, including nonconformist chapels, civic halls, penitentiaries, piers and domestic architecture such as terraced housing or planned `social¿ housing. The production, `aesthetic intentions¿ and the social consumption of the sites, are examined.
MAHI733 Inter-War Britain 1919-40
The module examines Britain in the period 1919-40 with an emphasis on Government and politics. The social, economic and foreign challenges facing Britain are examined for their ability to impact on policy and politics.
This studies handwriting (palaeography) from the medieval period onwards: specific scripts and documents (diplomatic) types; establishing principles of transcribing and editing manuscripts. Archaic dating, abbreviations and other elements of manuscripts commonly encountered in the archives, are studied. Manuscript material from Plymouth collections form core material to be read (with some training in reading Latin provided) and transcribed in a practical module offering crucial research skills for historians of the medieval, early modern and modern periods.