The University of Wolverhampton

MATwentieth Century Britain

Why choose this course?

The twentieth century is a century of change and subtle continuities that as yet defies ready categorisation. Historians and social scientists have however, given us much to think about with regard to developments that can get overshadowed by concern with international relations and conflict.

This Masters course allows you to explore the rich and varied history of Britain in the twentieth century through focusing on a number of aspects, namely youth sub-culture, consumerism, the penal system, the welfare state and nationalism. You will study these themes in depth under the care of tutors who have a keen interest and stakes in the development of these fields.

What happens on the course?

September (full time start)

Semester 1

7HS006 Research Methods

7HS004 Youth Sub-Cultures and National Identity in post war Britain 1945-1997

7CJ002 Prisons and Penal Reform in Twentieth-Century England and Wales

7HS003 Dissertation (12 months in length)

Semester 2

7HS002 Popular Consumerism in Britain c1900-1939

7HS008 Nationalism and Politics

7HS007 Citizenship and the Welfare State

Why Wolverhampton?

The course draws on the expertise of internationally established researchers based at Wolverhampton. Each module is led by scholars who have published widely in aspects of twentieth century Britain.

Each module is informed by books and articles authored by Wolverhampton academics who have made significant interventions into key-debates on the economic, social, political and cultural change in twentieth century Britain.

The inter-disciplinary nature of the MA gives it a broader focus and content essential to developing an understanding of the complexity and fragmentation of the most recent century block of time historians have to grapple with.

As a student on this MA you can also draw on the wider research culture of the University and the links that we have with local archives, museums, galleries and public organisations such as the General Federation of Trade Unions.

Career path

The MA Twentieth Century Britain provides you with a pathway into various careers in academia, teaching, heritage, social work, and potentially the legal professions, and is a solid foundation for doctoral research in cognate subject areas where a master’s qualification is often regarded as a sine qua non.

Alternatively, this MA - though non-vocational - will prepare you for work in a variety of professions that require data collection and analysis, especially qualitative data, along with a sound grasp of how to investigate the parameters (context) in which a given phenomenon or question needs to be considered.

Whether you aim for further study or employment, this MA qualification is designed to give you the confidence and the skills to distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitive market.

What skills will you gain?

Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship and ability to continue to advance your knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of your academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice with a conceptual understanding that enables the student to:

  • evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
  • evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Entry requirements

*January intakes may be permitted exceptionally where applicants can provide evidence of relevant and prior learning at postgraduate level.

2019 Entry

  • A 2:2 or above Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in a Humanities-based subject from a UK University or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and / or experience considered to be equivalent; to be verified by the course leader.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £7,450 £13,000
Part time £3,725

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (// If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (// for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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