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MA (T) History

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MA (T) History

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

MHY-MA-HS

UCAS Code

JACS Code

V140 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours). In exceptional circumstances the holder of a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a subject other than History may be considered for admission. Such applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in History (single or combined Honours) who can demonstrate relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

History (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor V Crossman

Oxford Brookes University

Dr T Rihill

University of Swansea

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of History.

Demonstrate knowledge of the historiographical dimensions of general and American, British, Irish, Irish local, Ancient, Medieval & Early-Modern or Religious History.

Develop skills as historians acquired during their primary degree: critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, collection and collation of data, formulation and presentation of arguments and debate.

Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate research methods, with particular relevance to historical research.

Reflect upon practical experience, where appropriate, in calendaring or otherwise organising and listing documentary or other primary sources.

Reflect upon practical experience, where appropriate, in public history through a project placement with a partner institution.

Draw upon this training in research methods and historical skills provided in a dissertation on an historical problem based on primary sources.

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate secondary literature, taking account of sources, use of evidence, style of argument, methodological and theoretical assumptions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessed coursework and independent research project (calendar of documents or finding aid).

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand and evaluate differing interpretations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessed coursework and independent research project (calendar of documents or finding aid).

Critically evaluate primary sources, placing them in their context and assessing their potential as evidence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through workshops, seminar discussion and feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of Assessment

Calendaring or finding-aid project. In the context of public history, it is assessed through the dissertation, coursework and presentation for MHY 7077.

Identify and assimilate evidence relevant to a particular enquiry from a variety of primary sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed in the assessed essays for these modules, which normally involve some work on primary sources, and more fully in the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through the dissertation, coursework and presentation for MHY 7077.

Formulate and test hypotheses and interpretations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed in the taught modules by seminar discussion and feedback on assessed coursework, and in the dissertation by discussion and critical commentary from a supervisor.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessed coursework and independent research project (calendar of documents or finding aid).

Develop and present an argument based on the analysis of historical evidence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed in the taught modules by seminar discussion and feedback on assessed coursework, and in the dissertation by discussion and critical commentary from a supervisor.

Methods of Assessment

A combination of assessed coursework and independent research project (calendar of documents or finding aid). It is also assessed through coursework and presentation for MHY 7077.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Conduct research on a variety of issues, making intelligent use of the available material.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by regular discussion with and feedback from a supervisor

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation

Work independently.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed in individual modules, in the MHY7077 public history placement and in the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Communicate effectively in writing.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by feedback on written coursework across all taught modules and regular discussions with and critical commentary from the supervisor of the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Interpret and analyse information from a range of sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by seminar discussion and feedback on written coursework across all taught modules, and in regular discussion with and critical commentary from the supervisor of the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Evaluate arguments and evidence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed by seminar discussion and feedback on written coursework across all taught modules, and in regular discussion with and critical commentary from the supervisor of the dissertation.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework across all modules.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The conceptual issues underlying the critical evaluation of sources and the analysis of historical events.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

The acquisition of relevant historical knowledge is tested by assessed essays and coursework and by a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

The main finding aids and other reference works used by researchers in British history or American history or Irish, Irish local, Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern History or Religious History.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

The acquisition of relevant historical knowledge is tested by assessed essays and coursework and by a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

The major archives, online resources and reference libraries used by historians of modern Britain, the USA, Irish, Irish local, Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern History or Religious History.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

The acquisition of relevant historical knowledge is tested by assessed essays and coursework and by a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

Major themes in the history of modern Britain, the USA Irish, Ancient, medieval and Early-Modern History, Public history or Religious Studies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

The acquisition of relevant historical knowledge is tested by assessed essays and coursework and by a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

The main phases and developments of historical writing relating to British History, American History, Irish, Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern History or Religious History.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Developed through seminar discussion, workshops and feedback on assessed coursework.

Methods of Assessment

The acquisition of relevant historical knowledge is tested by assessed essays and coursework and by a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

The principal debates within contemporary western historiography and their applicability to British History, American History, Irish, Irish local, Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern History or Religious History.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

n/a

Methods of Assessment

The acquisition of relevant historical knowledge is tested by assessed essays and coursework and by a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand the work of archives and/or public history institutions in cataloguing and preserving historical materials and/or interpreting and presenting these to non-academic audiences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught through workshops, and in MHY7077 through work experience in a public history-related institution.

Methods of Assessment

Understanding of a public history-related institution is assessed through coursework and presentations.

Present the results of historical research, using quotation, citation and bibliography in a manner consistent with professional standards of accuracy and presentation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework and in the dissertation.

Extract material relevant to a particular theme or problem from primary sources and record it in a systematic and accurate manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Discussed and developed in by regular discussion with and feedback from a supervisor.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed both in the calendaring or finding-aid project and in the dissertation.

Read manuscript material from their chosen period of study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Instruction is also provided, where appropriate, in MHY7020, MHY7025 and MHY7011.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by a class test.

Obtain access to primary material within specialist libraries and archives.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

N/A

Identify and locate primary sources relevant to a particular field of study, using standard bibliographical resources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework.

Identify and locate secondary sources relevant to a particular field of study, using standard bibliographical resources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Taught by a combination of workshops, seminar discussion and practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by coursework.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Dissertation

MHY7010

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Becoming a Historian

MHY7020

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Working with Archives

MHY7025

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Concepts in History

MHY7035

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Individually Negotiated Topic in History

MHY7011

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Public History Internship

MHY7077

7

20

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Topics In Irish History

MHY7081

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Auditing

MHY7088

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Key Debates in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

AHS7001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Case Studies in History

MHY7089

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Notes