Postgraduate Opportunities in History

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the postgraduate opportunities available within the Department of History.

The Department of History covers a wide range of British, European and world history from the early medieval period to the present. Research interests include cultural and social history, political development, economic and religious history, environmental history and imperialism.  Moreover, historians in other departments in the University expand the range of courses on offer, notably in the fields of Byzantine, African, American and Canadian history.

Dr Jonathan Boff (Senior Lecturer in Modern History), Dr Jonathan Willis (Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History), and Dan Brindley (part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team in the College of Arts and Law) will be available online between 15:00-16:00 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions about studying in the department.

A number of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the Department of History. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the Department via our online platform.

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Jonathan Boff

    Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History, and Head of Postgraduate Studies (Research) for History. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

  • Dr Jonathan Willis

    Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, and Head of Postgraduate Studies (Taught) for History. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

  • Dan Brindley

    Dan is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities in History live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these online chat events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Saturday 23 November 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Robert asked:

Do the modules on the MA Military History by distance learning course allow me to structure my essays around aspects of the FWW ? Copy

Jonathan Boff replied:

Dear Robert,

I’m going to be convening this course next year so feel free to drop me a line to j.f.boff@bham.ac.uk if you have questions.

Best wishes

Jonathan Boff

Robert asked:

Do the modules on the MA Military History by distance learning course allow me to structure my essays around aspects of the FWW ?

Jonathan Willis replied:

Dear Robert,

Thank you for your question.  We very much encourage students to focus on those areas of history that most interest them, and we also encourage students to negotiate their own essay questions, tailored closely to their own interests.  In most cases, where appropriate, yes: it should therefore be possible for you to focus your essays on aspects of the First World War.

All best,

Jonathan

Benoit Leridon asked:

Would funding and grants for EU students in Year 2 and Year 3 be affected by the possible UK departure from the EU in October?

Jonathan Boff replied:

Dear Benoit,

I don’t think anyone knows the answer to that question, I’m afraid!

The fair outcome would be for students who start while the UK is still a member of the EU to be treated as Home students for their whole course. That’s what I would assume will happen. But I haven’t seen a guarantee that’s what will happen, so I cannot promise, I’m afraid.

This link may help you navigate to Admissions, who may be able to advise better: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/research/history/history.aspx?OpenSection=FeesAndFunding

Best wishes

Jonathan

Robert asked:

Good afternoon – In connection with the MA by Research course would it be feasible to research a particular area of the First World War that is particular to my local area, such as a locally raised battalion, or would this be too narrow a focus.

Jonathan Boff replied:

Dear Robert,

All will depend on the angle you intend to take and questions you want to ask. I’m a FWW historian, so I’m probably the best person to talk to, so drop me a line on j.f.boff@bham.ac.uk and we can discuss specifics.

Best wishes

Jonathan