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Programme structure: History (MA) - what's running in 2021/22

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Researching and Writing History HISTM0055 20 Mandatory TB-2
Approaches to History HISTM2009 20 Mandatory TB-1
Dissertation HISTM1000 60 Mandatory AYEAR
In consultation with the programme director, students may choose from the following in place of HISTM2009
Research Skills for Medievalists AFACM1001 20 Optional TB-1
40 Credits from Masters Thematic Option Units;
Environment and History HISTM0078 20 Optional TB-1
Rewriting Modern Britain HISTM0079 20 Optional TB-1
Themes in the History of Colonialism HISTM0017 20 Optional TB-1
Explorations in Early Modern History HISTM0081 20 Optional TB-1
Introduction to Medieval Latin AFACM0013 20 Optional TB-1
Personal Option Unit 1 HUMSM0003 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
40 Credits from Masters Specialist Option Units;
Ideology, Poverty and Famines HISTM2017 20 Optional TB-2
Making History Public HISTM2016 20 Optional TB-2
The Apocalypse in Culture and Society (1000-1500) HISTM0032 20 Optional TB-2
Research Skills for Medievalists AFACM1001 20 Optional TB-1
Supervised Individual Study AFACM0008 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Histories of Extreme Environments HISTM0082 20 Optional TB-2
Race in America HISTM0084 20 Optional TB-2
English Civil Wars, 1625-1662 HISTM0088 20 Optional TB-2
Post-Apartheid South Africa: Rainbow Nation and Insurgent Citizens HISTM0083 20 Optional TB-2
Oceans & Globalisation: 1700-1945 HISTM0100 20 Optional TB-2
MA History   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds but is permitted in designated programmes (as set out in the programme specification) where students choose to withdraw from the intended programme but otherwise achieve the necessary credit points for the exit award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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