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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:

  • 100% of NTU’s research in History was assessed to be world-leading or excellent in terms of its impact - REF 2021.
  • Excellent preparation before studying for a PhD.
  • Present your work at the History Postgraduate Conference - important experience of speaking at an academic conference.

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.

 

Why study History and Heritage at NTU?

With hundreds of local museums and heritage sites to visit, Nottingham is the perfect place to develop your skills as a budding historian or heritage specialist.

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 and Research Preparation (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 another 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 University Language Programme.

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.

Re:search Re:imagined

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.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2022

Mode of studyHome (UK) tuition fee
Full time£7,700
Part time*£3,850

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.

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.

Tuition fees for September 2022

Mode of studyInternational and EU tuition fee
Full time£15,850
Part time*£7,925

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

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

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

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.

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 online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  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.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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