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Clare Griffiths - Applicants

Last Updated:

29th May 2013

At master's level, really, it's about taking the work you've been doing at undergraduate level and just developing that far more in terms of your skills for research, for presentation, skills really in organizing a project, working in teams, and being able to present your findings to a variety of audiences. We've built that into the program in a number of ways. In particular we have a module on research presentation which gives you an opportunity to put across your ideas about the dissertation you're going to write at the end of the year and to present that to an audience through whatever means you choose.

We also encourage students to think about how history is presented to a very broad audience. We have a module called presenting the past which looks specifically at those ideas of history in the public space, history on television, history in exhibitions, history in museums, all those questions about how history meets that broad audience. We give you lots of opportunties to develop your skills in that sort of way.

We also have a module which we're a bit proud of in the department, the work placement module, which gives students an opportunity to develop experience which will be very useful, we hope, when you complete the master's program whatever you choose to go on to do. So that involves placement in perhaps a historic site, a museum, school, research institute, library, even theaters and local art galleries. There are all sorts of placements that we have and offer. Out of that you produce a project which reflects on that experience and shows the particular skills you've gained from that.

What we're looking for in applicants for the master's program is someone who has a good 2.1 degree, First degree, normally in a related subject. So, it doesn't have to be history but normally it would be history. So, generally a 2.1, and also being able to present to us in application reasons why you want to do the M.A. and the sort of area that you want to work in. At Ph.D. level we're looking for someone who has a master's ideally, in history, and has had some opportunity to begin to develop the research skills that you'll take to a much greater level during the doctoral program.

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