Faculty of History  
 
 

British and European History, from 1500 to the present - The Faculty offers three programmes in this area of study, a one-year M.St., a two-year M.Phil., and a part-time M.St. over 21 months

M.Phil. in British and European History, from 1500 to the present

The MPhil in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, is an innovative and intensive two-year programme 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. It 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 programme will encourage students to develop practical and intellectual familiarity with advanced research in both British and continental European history. It can serve either as free-standing Master’s programme or as comprehensive preparation for D.Phil. research in the fields of history within its scope.

The programme comprises in the first year:

The second-year programme components are:

Students on this degree programme have access to a comprehensive menu of skills training for postgraduates, as well as a systematic schedule of introductions to the unrivalled research facilities of the University of Oxford. Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge of a foreign language in parallel to their course work.

M.St. in British and European History, from 1500 to the present (full-time)

The MSt in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, aims to improve students’ practical and intellectual grasp of research processes, their ability to conceptualise and engage with historical problems, and to enlarge their understanding of the historical and historiographical context within which their own research is set. Students will have access to a wide range of both generic and subject-specific training within the field. It is
open to all students whose research focuses on post-medieval Britain and Europe (which may also include non-European elements). The programme will encourage students to develop practical and intellectual familiarity with advanced research in both British and continental European history. Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge of a foreign language in parallel to their course work.

The programme comprises three elements:

M.St. in British and European History, from 1500 to the present (part-time)

Just as its full-time counterpart the part-time MSt in British and European History, from 1500 to the present, aims to improve students’ practical and intellectual grasp of research processes, their ability to conceptualise and engage with historical problems, and to enlarge their understanding of the historical and historiographical context within which their own research is set. Students will have access to a wide range of both generic and subject-specific training within the field. It is open to all students whose research focuses on post-medieval Britain and Europe (which may also include non-European elements). The programme will encourage students to develop practical and intellectual familiarity with advanced research in both British and continental European history. Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge of a foreign language in parallel to their course work.

It is the explicit aim of the part-time programme to ensure a comprehensive integration into the Faculty's and University's research culture as well as into the cohort of students on the two full-time programmes in British and European History. Candidates are therefore expected to make arrangements with their employers which will permit them to attend one half day per week for formal instruction on the master's programme and also the equivalent of one full day per week of working in Oxford in libraries and participating in relevant research seminars and research events. There is a very wide range of seminars and classes which are held in the Faculty, and formal Research Seminars mainly meet at 5 pm, after working hours. The Faculty also runs a Graduate Training Programme on Wednesday afternoons, and some of these sessions are relevant for master's students. Part-time students and their supervisors would agree a relevant programme of research events and training for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies, and attendance will be monitored through student self-reporting on GSS.

The programme comprises in the first year:

The second-year programme components are: