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Global Challenges - History, Policy and Practice (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

Explore the historical contexts that have given rise to the emergencies of today. You’ll analyse past approaches to global challenges and learn ways to influence attitudes and bring about change. 

Our world faces many challenges, from conflict and sustainability to migration and the preservation of human rights. On this 1-year MA, you’ll engage critically with some of the biggest problems in the world to learn to develop solutions for both now and the future. 

You’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • choose a contemporary challenge and identify and analyse past approaches to addressing it
  • share your findings effectively by using data visualisation, writing policy briefs, and creating video content
  • use the skills you have developed and collaborate with other students
  • take part in an intensive summer school experience that will support the start of your final project portfolio
  • study a foreign language or alternative modules from the History MA

Learn how to influence and create change using:

  • data analysis to create more effective briefs for policy debates 
  • data visualisations to create more effective opinion pieces for advocacy  
  • video essays to create more effective lesson plans for students
  • exhibitions and podcasts for better public advocacy  

This course will also give you a range of additional skills not normally prioritised within a History MA degree, including data analysis and visualisation, project management, and media communication.  

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Your course lead will be Dr Christopher Fuller. He specialises in the study of U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present day. 

His work bridges the gap between scholars and practitioners with contributions to professional bodies and government agencies, as well as public engagement through documentaries, festivals, and public events. 

Study MA Global Challenges - History, Policy, Practice

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.