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Holocaust and Genocide (by research) MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

From Cambodia to Serbia, Rwanda to WWII, genocides shock the world and resonate through the ages.

Pursue advanced independent research into your own area of interest in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, supported by academics with world leading research expertise. While grounded in history, our approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on memory and heritage studies, the social sciences and more.

You will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with our partner institutions, including museums and research centres. You will also have the chance to present your work at our History Postgraduate Conference, and other conferences around the region and beyond. The degree comprises independent research and a course designed to develop knowledge of key research skills and practices.

Award degrees are available in the following subject areas:

  • Holocaust Studies
  • Holocaust and Memory
  • Post Holocaust Genocide
  • Genocide Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Comparative Genocide
  • Film, Literature and Genocide.

We are pleased to consider a range of topics but applicants are advised to email us in advance so we can match your interest with staff expertise.

What you’ll study

This course allows you to pursue advanced research in the field of Holocaust and Genocide.

You will be active within relevant regional, national, and international research networks and have the chance to present your work at our History Postgraduate Conference, and a range of other conferences.

You will also benefit from participation in Holocaust and Genocide related teaching sessions on our MA History course.

This course is divided into modules, which are worth a number of credit points, and are separately taught and assessed.  To get your degree you have to pass all modules to collect 180 credit points.

  • Philosophical Approaches to Research (40 credits): Includes a focus on utilising different theoretical and research methodologies issues such as interpretation, hermeneutics, ethnography, ethics, positionality, phenomenological approaches to research, post-structuralism and critical theory.
  • Dissertation (140 credits): The dissertation is a 20,000 word piece of independent research, which is the cornerstone of the MA in Holocaust and Genocide.  It provides the core research project which draws together students’ understanding and skills from other elements of the course.

How you’re taught

Assessment

The majority of the marks awarded for this course are for the dissertation. Students are free to select their own dissertation topic. In recent years, topics have included the use of anti-Semitic vocabulary in Nazi propaganda, the use of photography in the memory of the genocide in Cambodia, the role of the Protestant Church in the Holocaust, the representation of the Holocaust in current documentary films and more.

You will have an individual supervisor allocated when offered a place on the course.  Dissertation tutorials will take place between you and your nominated supervisor. The supervisor will offer advice on developing appropriate study methods and provide feedback on drafts of the dissertation. The MRes will also include significant support to develop professional skills – from academic networking advice to writing workshops.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills;
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
  • boost your career prospects.


Find out more about the ULP.

Further information

Expert teaching staff

You will be taught by academics with world leading research expertise.

Associate Professor Jenny Wüstenberg acts as the strand leader for the MRes in Holocaust & Genocide Studies, as well as teaching modules on the history and memory of the Holocaust and in European history. Her research examines the history of Holocaust commemoration in Germany since 1945, particularly the involvement of civil society activists, as well as the legacies of child separation policies and cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples in settler colonial states. She also studies the politics of memory surrounding repression in communist states and the dynamics of migration and memory. She is the co-founder and co-President of the Memory Studies Association, as well as a research leader on various large grant projects (funded, for example, by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology agency). She is happy to facilitate internships and contacts via her national and international networks, in addition to advising broadly on Holocaust & Genocide Studies.

Staff Profiles

Bill Niven

Professor in Contemporary German History

School of Arts & Humanities

Bill Niven

Careers and employability

This course enables students to pursue postgraduate research under the support of the academic team in the School of Arts and Humanities.

It provides excellent preparation for undertaking a PhD and gives students the freedom and support to shape their own work in the area of holocaust and genocide. Our students have gone on to successfully gain a fully-funded Vice-Chancellor’s PhD bursary, and have been awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral funding through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Please get in to touch to discuss academic expertise, contacts and career or study progression.

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To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From helping to shape international policy, to preserving our heritage, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent.
  • We are pleased to consider a range of topic but applicants are advised to email us in advance so we can match your interest with staff expertise.
  • Applicants must also submit a 300 word outline of their proposed research area / project.

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need the equivalent to:

  • A UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree in a relevant subject.
  • We are pleased to consider a range of topic but applicants are advised to email us in advance so we can match your interest with staff expertise.
  • Applicants must also submit a 300 word outline of their proposed research area / project.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

Fees and funding

Fees for entry in September 2022 have not been confirmed.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Fees for entry in September 2022 have not been confirmed.

Please see our international fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

How to apply

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Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

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Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

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