MA History consists of six taught modules and a dissertation.
MHY7090 - Pathways Through History
Students are introduced to historiographical pathways followed by Queen's staff and examine some of the grand debates that have taken place within political, social, culture and gender history. They are encouraged to reflect on their own pathway through history and to consider the range of historiographical and thematic approaches open to them as part of their postgraduate studies.
MHY7020 - Becoming an Historian
Students probe some of the approaches used by historians to examine the past, including oral history, literary and visual sources and quantitative data. They receive training on the use of archival sources and on other key skills such as critical writing and high level presentations. The module also offers a careers-focused element by reflecting on the employment of historians inside and outside academia.
MHY7011 - Individually Negotiated Topic
An exciting opportunity for students to work with a research leader in their field on an essay topic that is selected by the student. Students work in a small Study Group (up to 3) and individually (with the supervisor), to assess the historiographical literature on a research question of their choice.
MHY7089 - Case Studies in History
Students select two options from a range of 6-week mini-modules that are designed to discuss exciting and innovative historical issues in a range of geographical or chronological contexts. The aim is to develop student's knowledge of those issues beyond their own research field and to enhance their ability to evaluate fully the historical evidence they encounter during their research. Examples of these mini modules include 'Sex and the City', 'Unruly Women', 'Commemoration after Fascism', 'Contested Public Histories', 'Ireland and the wider world', 'Religion and toleration', 'Commemoration and Irish history', 'Perspectives on the Cold War', 'Race and Labour in Transnational Perspective'.
MHY7081 – Topics in Irish History
Topics in Irish History is designed to introduce you to the study of Irish history at an advanced level, through an exploration of selected topics spanning the period from the late middle ages to the present day. The topics chosen are deliberately diverse, taking in issues in politics, religion, culture, and gender, as well as a critical examination of the role of history itself as a cultural and political instrument.
MHY7035 - History and Theory
In this module individual lecturers introduces students to a theoretical approach that has inspired or influenced their research. The module examines some of the big theoretical debate about history and truth, history and class, history and gender, and history and identity. The module uses case studies to bring passion and insight to the students' understanding of theoretical approaches. Staff teaching on the module are asked to reflect on the key books and articles that made them either shake with disbelieving anger or race to the archives full of inspiration!
MHY7025 - Presenting Sources
Students are given an opportunity to undertake practical work on a selection of primary sources. This can include the production of a calendar of previously uncatalogued documents, a finding aid to primary sources on a defined theme, or a database drawn from primary sources.
MHY7077 - Placement module
As an alternative to Presenting Sources, students can opt to take this module (subject to caps on numbers). This option enables students to relate their academic studies to a practical setting and gives them some experience of a work-place environment.
A placement is taken in their choice of a range of cultural institutions, heritage sites and organisations. Internships have previously been carried out with the following: Armagh Public Library; Ballymoney Museum; BBC; Belfast City Council; Castle Leslie; Causeway Coast and Glens Museums Service; Doubleband Media; Hillsborough Castle (Historic Royal Palaces); Linen Hall Library; Mount Stewart (National Trust); Museum of Free Derry; Newry and Mourne Museum; Presbyterian Historical Society; Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; Servite Priory, Benburb; Special Collections (QUB); Titanic Foundation; Ulster American Folk Park; Ulster Museum; Ulster Rugby Museum and Education Centre
MHY7010 - Dissertation
Students (with the help of a supervisor) will research and write a 20,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. This is a triple-weighted module.
Students MUST take the following courses
MHY7020 - Becoming an Historian – Autumn Semester
MHY7090 – Pathways Through History – Autumn Semester
MHY7035 - Theory in History – Spring Semester
MHY7089 – Case Studies in History – Spring Semester
MHY7010 - Dissertation
Optional Modules (Autumn Semester)
MHY7011 – Individually Negotiated Topic or History and its Audiences or in consultation with their Programme Convenor, students may take another Semester One module from an optional list of modules offered across the AHSS Faculty.
Optional Modules (Spring Semester)
MHY7025 - Presenting Sources
MHY7091- Public History Internship (numbers on this are subject to available places)
"Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students' choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints."