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International History

MA

Distance learning

Flexible study designed to fit around work or other commitments

A successful programme

A wealth of experience and wide-ranging expertise

Great support

Regular contact with staff and fellow students

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning, September start
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Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
14 September 2020
School:
School of Law, Policing and Forensics
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Course changes for 2020/21

We are changing the way we deliver our courses from September 2020 to ensure a great student experience within a COVID-secure environment.

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It’s an exciting and important moment to study International History. This distance learning course will stimulate inquiring minds by providing an insight into international relationships and rapid changes over time.

This course will take you on a journey through modern international history.

The MA offers the opportunity to develop interest and insight, whether you’re looking to develop your professional profile in a related field or wanting as an enthusiast to explore the relationship between history and politics. This is set against dramatic developments in communications, science and technology, urbanisation and industrialisation. The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere.

Enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with students with a range of experience. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and debate subject with fellow students.

This course will take you on a journey through modern international history.

The MA offers the opportunity to develop interest and insight, whether you’re looking to develop your professional profile in a related field or wanting as an enthusiast to explore the relationship between history and politics. This is set against dramatic developments in communications, science and technology, urbanisation and industrialisation. The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere.

Enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with students with a range of experience. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and debate subject with fellow students.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA International History

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA International History

Part-time study

This course is run as part-time distance learning over three years. However, it can be completed in a minimum of two years, four months. 

The expected study pattern is to complete modules totalling 60 credits in each year of study.

Course content

The core modules provide context for research concerns focused on international history or international policy and diplomatic issues. 

The dissertation is supervised by staff but is a student-centred piece of independent work. Topics may be drawn from the areas covered in your module selection.   

Optional modules allow you to specialise in your course of study: 

  • examine traditional conceptions of security, the impact of major events and newer approaches
  • study trade and development implications for less developed countries or approaches to foreign policy
  • adopt a more transnational approach to modern history

The core modules provide context for research concerns focused on international history or international policy and diplomatic issues. 

The dissertation is supervised by staff but is a student-centred piece of independent work. Topics may be drawn from the areas covered in your module selection.   

Optional modules allow you to specialise in your course of study: 

  • examine traditional conceptions of security, the impact of major events and newer approaches
  • study trade and development implications for less developed countries or approaches to foreign policy
  • adopt a more transnational approach to modern history

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Concepts In International History (Vle) 30 credits
Dissertation In International Relations (Vle) 60 credits
International Lives 30 credits
Transnationalism And Global Interdependence 30 credits
Show 4 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Honours degree of 2:2 or above, or relevant professional experience.   

Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course. 

The course is delivered through digital platforms so internet access is a requirement. 

Honours degree of 2:2 or above, or relevant professional experience.   

Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course. 

The course is delivered through digital platforms so internet access is a requirement. 

Facilities

Careers

After completing the International History MA, you’ll be equipped with transferable skills attractive to employers. These can be adapted to a range of professions including:

  • Education
  • National foreign or defence ministries
  • Armed forces
  • Security services
  • International or regional organisations

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Your formal assessments could include essays, virtual presentations or critical reviews.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Your formal assessments could include essays, virtual presentations or critical reviews.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you online with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision and assessment skills (including time management)

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Enabling Centre is here to help sure nothing stands in your way.

 

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do or through a weekly discussion board.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do or through a weekly discussion board.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Staff

We are a research-active department with internationally-recognised outputs. This provides our students, not only with world-class subject experts, but with considerable levels of research-informed teaching and pedagogical experience as well.

The curriculum design of this MA is structured around three core modules which have been developed to reflect the research expertise of each staff member contributing to the delivery of the course.

Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape
Dr Fiona Robertson-SnapeSenior Lecturer

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Simon Smith
Dr Simon SmithAssociate Professor

Simon's expertise covers EU-NATO Cooperation, transatlantic security and European and US defence transformation. His research interests include transatlantic security and reforming European defence and the defence and security implications of an…

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Alun Thomas
Alun ThomasLecturer

Alun's research interests cover the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and Central Asia; imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, refugeedom, itinerance; nomadism,nationalism, state-building, urbanisation, memory and patrimonialisation.

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Dr Tony Craig
Dr Tony CraigAssociate Professor

Tony's expertise is in Northern Ireland, intelligence and security studies, archive research, conflict resolution. His research interests include Irish foreign policy, British foreign policy, intelligence history, terrorism, security studies and…

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Anthony Mckeown
Anthony MckeownP/T Lecturer (Hrly)-Intel Ir Hist & Pol

I teach International Relations in the Modern Era; Global Policy Analysis and Money, Trade and Development.

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time, distance learning, September start
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Full time £7,850 per course £7,850 per course

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / EU / Channel Islands International (Non-EU)
Part time £2,610 per year of study £2,610 per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Our students

about
Lucas Pollard
MA International History graduate

For someone in my position - slightly older and working a full-time job alongside studying - distance learning was perfect. I was able to fit my studies around other commitments in a way that attending a traditional course simply wouldn’t have been possible.

The facilities and resources offered by distance learning at Staffs meant that I never felt isolated or overwhelmed.  The level of support I received cannot be understated. The ability to cultivate a community with like-minded people all over the world via the learning portal is invaluable.

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Ricardo Winkworth
MA International History graduate

Distance learning is extremely effective for those unable to commit to a regular location. The pace and content of my course were excellent and very engaging for someone like me, who’d been away from higher education for over two decades. My initial doubts as to whether I could return to postgraduate learning were soon overcome and I became part of a great community of distance learners. 

I can’t recommend Staffs enough to those thinking of a studying ‘from a distance’.

Richard Madden
MA International History, Graduated 2016

I very much enjoyed the modules on Diplomacy, International Relations and International Security along with the dissertation. My tutors were all very knowledgeable and supportive. The course encouraged me to specialise and I am now doing a second Masters as a direct result. I intend in the future to use my MA to work either with a relevant NGO or in international relations/security. There is a large workload but it’s worth it in the end!

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MA
Full-time, distance learning, September start
14 September 2020

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