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MASocial and Cultural History

University of South Wales
United Kingdom, Cardiff / Pontypridd
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Social and cultural history tells the story of everyday life,
ordinary people, their cultural conditions, creations, expressions,
and the mental worlds they inhabit.

The MA in Social and Cultural History is an established, long-running
postgraduate degree, which has recently been revamped and
reinvigorated by the recruitment of a number of new lecturers. We
offer an attractive menu, and classes are taught by qualified and
nationally recognised researchers and teachers. Various taught MA
programmes are on offer at different Welsh universities, but there is
nothing which would compete directly with our innovative Social and
Cultural History award. For example, we are developing online learning
and we hope to offer students the option of doing all of our modules
online. Students would then have the widest possible choice of how
they want to study. They can come to our evening classes or do all of
the MA via online learning. The addition of online modules should also
prove attractive to students who cannot attend every class, who could
instead take a mixture of taught face-to-face modules and online
modules. All lecturers use Blackboard (the University’s Virtual
Learning Environment) as a teaching tool. This will be particularly
useful for part-time students who may wish to access materials from

The University is investing over £130million in its facilities and
campuses to ensure students get the best possible learning experience.
Among these developments is a new, modern postgraduate centre complete
with spacious open plan social learning areas, meeting rooms,
reception and study areas. The History Division has also invested in
resources for students: for example, we have purchased JSTOR, an
online database with a thousand academic journals and over one million
images, letters, and other primary sources. In addition, we have
bought History Reference Center, a comprehensive online database which
provides full text access to more than 1,990 reference books,
encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
These resources are available through our Learning Resources Centre,
which contains a large and varied selection of historical books,
encyclopedias, academic journals and magazines, e-books, e-journals,
e-newspapers and e-databases.

Career opportunities

How Does This Course Make Me Employable?

The skills you will develop in research, critical analysis, writing
and presentation will be an excellent basis for diverse career
opportunities, as well as a pathway to further postgraduate study. We
will help you develop the skills of synthesis of large amounts of
material, analysis and interpretation, and the retrieval of electronic
and documentary sources, lucid presentation and coherent delivery, all
of which are sought after by employers.

We keep in contact with our graduates and their feedback suggests
their postgraduate degree and the skills they had acquired materially
enhanced their career prospects. One student explicitly states: “My
MA has been beneficial in regards to gaining a new job [contracts
officer] and I believe it will help to impress future employers.”
Please see our Student Stories section for further information about
the employment prospects of our MA students.

MA students will be encouraged to partake in the degree programme’s
Personal Development Plan (PDP), a structured and supported process
undertaken by students to reflect upon their own learning, performance
and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and
career development. MA students will use their PDP to help determine
what their learning needs are, how these needs can best be met and to
reflect on the outcomes of any activity undertaken. The preparation of
PDP documents should help students’ reflect on their personal and
professional development, and prepare them both for lifelong learning
in general, and their on-going personal and professional development
in the world of work.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States