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Politics and Contemporary History MA

University of Nottingham

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Ideal for those seeking a global career in the media, government or international organisations, this course explores the historical context to the events that shape our everyday lives.

Overview

The course allows you to engage with topics including labour and urban history, women’s history, religion and conflict in the Middle East, film history, and contemporary British history. You can tailor your studies to your interests and career aspirations through the wide range of optional modules.

Nottingham has one of the largest number of academics focused on contemporary history in the UK. Staff in the School of Politics and International Relations are actively engaged in this research and are joined by experts in the School of American and Canadian Studies, Department of History, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Areas of special interest include:

  • 20th-century Chinese history
  • Anglo-American relations
  • Cold War history
  • communism and fascism
  • intelligence and national security
  • modern German history, including the Holocaust
  • modern Russia, especially its foreign policy
  • religion and conflict in the Middle East

The school regularly holds workshops and conferences with guest speakers from international institutions, some of which include Edward Garnier – former Conservative Party politician, Professor Michael Clarke – specialist in defence studies, and Faiza Shaheen – Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies and prospective parliamentary candidate for the Labour party.

Careers

This course will introduce you to the advanced study of contemporary history and equip you with the skills needed for a wide range of career paths, from media and leisure, to national government and international organisations.

Many students take an active role in politics throughout their time in the school, and after. Politics is an ideal academic discipline if you are interested in a career in politics or government.

Other students go into a range of careers, including management, marketing, teaching and broadcasting. Recent graduate destinations include Channel 4, the European Union, GCHQ, Reuters and the Thailand National Police Department.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Nottingham

  • University League Table

    20th

  • Campus address

    University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, England

The university offers a range of scholarships specifically for international applicants studying at any level.
A large number of courses at the university include a placement or work experience element, ensuring that students receive first-hand professional experience.
The university runs a free welcome programme for new international students from outside the EU joining the University of Nottingham in September every year.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 93 2

    22nd out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    146 70%

    26th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    4th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    48th

    16
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    147 67%

    25th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    11th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%

    62nd

    6

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