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MPhil British and European History, from 1500 to the Present

Catalog id : TP_BJ1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1.75 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17555 GBP
National
6550 GBP
EU
6550 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Faculty of History
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
2

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About this course

The MPhil in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, is an innovative and intensive two-year course that provides a thorough training in historical methods. It offers a range of specialist options that draw on the latest research, and includes a sustained period devoted to archival research and writing.

  • The MPhil in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, is unusual not only in offering the wider scope of a two-year degree, but also in embracing both the early modern (1500-1800) and modern (post-1800) history of continental Europe and the British Isles.
  • It is open to all students whose research focuses on post-medieval Britain and Europe, which may also include non-European elements, for example European expansion, Empire building or emigration.
  • The course will encourage you to develop practical and intellectual familiarity with advanced research in both British and continental European history.

Graduate destinations:

  • About a quarter of master’s students proceed to doctoral work at Oxford; others continue academic study at other institutions.
  • Other career destinations are as diverse as, but broadly in line with, undergraduate history career destinations: law, finance, management consultancy, civil service etc.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic excellence

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong (ie top third) upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in history, history of art, economic history or cognate disciplines.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

References/letters of recommendation 

  • Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, ability to work in both a group environment and sustained individual and self-motivated investigation. 
  • References should generally be academic, though if you are returning to study after extended periods of non-academic employment then you are welcome to nominate professional referees where it would be impractical to call on your previous university tutors.

Written work produced by the student

  • Two pieces of written work (c. 2,000 words each), or one longer piece of work (c. 4,000 words, not exceeding a maximum of 5,000 words) are required; extracts from a longer dissertation are welcome, a preface which puts them in context is needed.
  • The written work must be submitted in English (if this work has been translated, candidates must indicate if translations are their own, or what assistance they had in producing the English text). 
  • This will be assessed for understanding of problems in the area; ability to construct and defend an argument; powers of analysis; and powers of expression.

English Language Requirement:

Tests:

IELTS Academic

  • Minimum Score: 7.0
  • Minimum 6.5 per component

TOEFL iBT:

  • Minimum Score: 100
  • Minimum component scores: Listening (22), Reading (24),Speaking (25), Writing (24)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CPE taken before Jan 2015: Grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CAE taken before Jan 2015:Grade B

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Course Modules

Teaching and examination comprises:

  • an introductory methodology course, comprising weekly classes on ‘Sources and Resources’ and on ‘Theory and Methods’ during Michaelmas term;
  • an optional subject, taught in eight weekly classes during Hilary term. It is expected that students will choose options broadly relating to the topic of their proposed research;
  • a 'Writing History' course, taught in Trinity term, complementing previous work done on historiography, sources and methods by exploring the challenges faced by historians regarding the framing, structuring and presentation of their work;
  • an extended dissertation proposal of between 2,000 and 2,500 words, submitted in week 6 of Trinity term of the first year;
  • a methodological master class in Hilary term of the second year, during which you are invited to relate your own dissertation research to wider historiographical, theoretical and methodological issues; and
  • a dissertation: the Long Vacation between the two years and the Michaelmas term of the second year is dedicated to archival research, providing the basis of a 30,000-word dissertation which is written up for submission in week 6 of Trinity term.

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How to Apply

The set of materials you should send with an application to this course comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement, of between 500 and 1,000 words (typically two to four pages, double spaced)
  • a CV/résumé
  • three references, including one from your current supervisor or course director
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • either (i) two academic essays or other writing samples of 2,000 words each, or (ii) one academic essay or other writing sample of 4,000 to 5,000 words.

The statement should also include a preliminary research proposal and title for your intended dissertation.

References should generally be academic, though if you are returning to study after extended periods of non-academic employment then you are welcome to nominate professional referees where it would be impractical to call on your previous university tutors.

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