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MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation

This masters programme focuses on the phenomenon of imperialism.

The MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation focuses on the history of the non-European world through the study of imperialism, colonialism and the forces that have brought about globalisation.

You will take a core course concentrating on the history of imperialism in Asia, Africa and South America from the 14th century to the present day. You will explore the technologies and ideologies of the Ottoman, Mughal and Qing empires, as well as the Spanish, British and French empires. European overseas empires are studied through postcolonial methodologies: the effects upon and experiences of the colonised are central. Themes include: race, ethnicity and the management of difference in imperial formations; gender and imperial authority; science, medicine, technology and the quest for imperial domination.

Your core course is complemented by a range of specialist options. From the autumn of 2020 this will include half-unit courses in the International History Department to enhance the course-choice available to students. Some existing courses will be divided into two half-units, some will just be shortened, and new courses will also be introduced. The Department will be informing all offer-holders as full information becomes available.

You will also have the option of taking courses from the Departments of International Development, Government, Economic History, Gender and Geography.

One of the highlights of this degree is the dissertation, through which you pursue specialist research in a field of your choice.

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