Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century
This course will examine the diverse ways in which twentieth century British history has been understood, and will offer specialist study linked to your own interests. You will also have the opportunity to develop relevant research skills.
Closing date: For entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, if you need a visa to study in the UK
Why study Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century at Dundee?
This degree offers flexible study, either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years), of key aspects of the history of Britain and Ireland in the twentieth century. It is taught by leading researchers in their fields, and students attracted to this degree pathway will benefit from the latest research and historiography.
You will also have the opportunity to gain research skills in areas such as historical databasing, historical statistics and oral history.
The dissertation will provide an opportunity for you to further develop and demonstrate advanced research skills, particularly important if you are interested in doctoral study.
The MLitt in Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century is also a pathway on the MLitt in Humanities with Specialisation programme.
What's so good about Greater Britain in the Twentieth Century at Dundee?
As the leading History department in Scotland for research output at international standard (RAE2008 results), we offer students an unparalleled opportunity to experience teaching at the sharp end of current research scholarship.
Postgraduate students participate in many aspects of our programme including our regular research seminars.
Who should study this course?
As well as being a research preparation degree for students who intend to proceed to a PhD, this course also caters directly for students who wish to take their first degree to a higher level of advanced study, for either career development or merely general interest.
Teaching & Assessment
The course starts in September each year and lasts for 12 months on a full time basis or 24 months on a part time basis.
How you will be taught
All the core teaching is conducted 5.30-7.30pm to allow attendance by part-time and full-time students alike. Other classes are scheduled for the mutual convenience of staff and students.
A variety of teaching methods will be used, including: small group teaching, supervised study, seminars and presentations.
Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, as well as research essays and a dissertation. One-to-one supervision of a dissertation is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided and students with the opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).
What you will study
Students are required to complete two compulsory modules:
- Approaches to the Study of Twentieth Century Britain
- History Skills & Sources
One optional module must also be chosen from the following:
- Revolution, Civil War and Nationalism: The Historiography and Politics of Irish State Formation, 1912-2005
- Labour in Scotland 1900-2000
Students also undertake a 60 credit dissertation.
How you will be assessed
Assessment includes essays, skills tests, a presentation and a dissertation.
Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.
Students who take this course will gain a solid foundation from which they can proceed to doctoral research.
However, due to the non-vocational nature of a History degree many students also enter jobs unrelated to their course of study. For these students this course provides them with an opportunity to further develop their written presentation skills, as well as the ability to work independently and plan independent research and study.
For those wishing to use their studies more directly, for example in heritage, museum or archivist work, the job market is competitive, and the MLitt will provide students with a chance to further their knowledge and understanding of History and to demonstrate advanced research skills necessary for work in archives or heritage.
Learn more about careers related to the Humanities on our Careers Service website.
Students will normally be expected to have a degree in History or related discipline, at first class or upper second.
English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 26 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
Fees and Funding
Sources of Funding
Information about the School of Humanities scholarships can be found on the School of Humanities scholarships webpage.
Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
- Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
- As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.
How to Apply
Apply online via UKPASS
You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Course ContactAnja Johansen
School of Humanities
University of Dundee
Telephone: 01382 384514 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384514 (from outside the UK)
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Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
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