Modern History (MLitt) 2016 entry
The MLitt in Modern History offers students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of key issues in the discipline by pursuing their studies at a conceptually advanced level. Postgraduate historians work intensively in a variety of subject areas while achieving a steady progression in core fields such as historiography and methodology.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
One year full time
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in History. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £6,800
- sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
- letter of intent (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Modern History MLitt page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
- The course provides an introduction to history and historiography for students interested in all branches of historical study.
- The programme is designed to maximise student choice. Students can either specialise in a particular area (e.g. French History, German History, Transnational History, American History) or gain a broader introduction to the study of history at postgraduate level.
- Students will explore the literature on a topic of individual interest under the guidance of an expert.
The MLitt in Modern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. Over two semesters, students take two compulsory and one optional module.
Teaching methods include seminars and fortnightly tutorials. Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework only; there is no final exam.
Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.
Each module typically comprises:
- 1.5 to 2-hour weekly seminars
- fortnightly tutorials for Directed Reading
- 100% coursework assessment.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
- History in the Making: Theories, Approaches and Practice (1 and 2): examines the development of history-writing and historical research since the Enlightenment, and the emergence of fields, trends and new approaches in current historiography.
- Directed Reading in Modern History: designed to encourage the development of skills of historical analysis through concentrated study of a topic chosen by the student prior to the dissertation.
Students choose one optional module. Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
- Key Issues in German Historiography: engages with some of the most hotly disputed issues in German history.
- Themes in American History: exposes students to several key debates in American historiography by focusing on a series of issues that have especially preoccupied scholars in the field.
- Perceptions of Central and Eastern Europe: examines perceptions of Central and Eastern Europe which have undergone significant transformation since the emergence of modern nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century.
- Themes and Debates in Modern French History: explores key themes in French history and introduces students to some important historiographical and methodological issues.
- Building Britain: The Construction and Deconstruction of Britishness since 1707: combines the study of topics such as the growth and decline of Britain's Empire, the two World Wars and the Welfare State with the more conceptual notion of the construction of British national identity.
- Crossing Borders: European History in Transnational Perspective: focuses on late-modern European history and its historiography as well as the inter-connection between Europe and non-European areas.
- History of Modern Science: introduces students to core themes in the history of science from the scientific revolution onwards.
- Global History, Globalisation and its Histories: introduces the field of global history, its methods, approaches and recent historiographical trends.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
Conferences and events
The School of History hosts the Late Modern History Research Seminar Programme covering a wide variety of topics from home and guest lecturers in a welcoming environment. The School also runs the Postgraduate (Early Modern and Modern History) Forum which runs once a fortnight during term-time and is intended to provide a space for postgraduates at all stages to present ideas, discuss research issues and find out about what their fellow historians are up to.
The School of History is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive scholarships which contribute to the fees and maintenance for postgraduate study.
- Language Bursaries: enables students to undertake intensive language courses abroad during the summer before their programme begins.
- School of History MLitt Awards: offers the cash equivalent of one year's home fees and cannot be held in conjunction with other awards offering full fees and maintenance.
After the MLitt
In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Modern History.
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships
The AHRC offers studentships at RCUK rates for PhD research in a range of subjects including history.
History postgraduates go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, publishing, think tanks, government, law and teaching.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).