Distance Learning Programmes in Humanities



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History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner. The study of history helps everyone understand why human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although history is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.

A student with a Master’s degree in history will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to explain past changes. History studies offer flexibility, help students develop good analytical skills, the capacity to identify, analyse and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills.

All the attributes above are vital, especially for students with a Bachelor’s degree in history, who can find employment as historic buildings/conservation officers, museum/gallery curators, archaeologists, broadcast journalists or academic librarians.

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Suggested Online Programmes History

Short Course Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

This module will give you an overview of Europe's twentieth-century history. It begins with Europe on the eve of the First World War and ends with the reunification of Germany at the end of the Cold War. The Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity programme is delivered by The Open University UK.

United Kingdom
Specialization Armed Conflicts

A special collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has been established to jointly run this programme. Students must take part of the curriculum of the course programme on the virtual campus of UNITAR and part on the UOC one. The Armed Conflicts programme is delivered by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

B.A. History (Honours)

This wide-ranging and fascinating course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century. The History (Honours) programme is offered at The Open University UK.

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M.A. History

The online M.A. in History at The Open University UK explores key historical data that occurred in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the 17th and beginning of 19th century. The Master’s programme integrates topics like poverty, welfare, the role of family and religion in the society and the economic impact of industrialization. Gain skills in historical research and logical reasoning.

United Kingdom