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This MA is focused on European and British history since the mid 18th century, and students are encouraged to think beyond the rigid confines of country, period and discipline. We offer a huge range of options taught by world-leading experts, including modules taught in the Institute of Contemporary British History. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.
One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 7th in the Guardian University Guide 2015 rankings for History.
King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. King’s is the Sunday Times ‘Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3’. We were ranked third for graduate-level jobs and fifth for highest starting salaries in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide.
Innovative comparative approach to British and Continental European history since the 18th-century.
The central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.
Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake Variable.
Course leaders Dr Michael Rowe
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of History
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in history or a related subject such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.
We interview all applicants, either in person or over the phone if they are normally resident overseas. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods. You will receive notification when your application has been passed to the admissions tutor for assessment.
Please list the optional modules in which you are interested as part of your personal statement.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
The history of modern Europe and Britain has always been central to teaching at King’s. The popular MA programme teaches students the skills required for modern historical study and delves into key topics of the period, from European nation building to modern British politics. The MA is primarily intended for those interested in Continental European and/or British History since the mid 18th century and draws upon a wide range of approaches to create a comparative perspective. Students have the opportunity to broaden the number of sources available to them by studying a modern language.Teaching on the MA is underpinned by the belief that an ability to make comparisons between the experience of different societies and polities is vital to understanding historical issues, and a compulsory historiography module has been designed with this in mind. Students are encouraged to think beyond the rigid confines of country, period and discipline. Opportunities to do so are enhanced by the wide choice of modules made available across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities as well as intercollegiately.
TeachingModules on the MA are taught by weekly seminars; students are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations. Students can also attend relevant undergraduate lecture series, such as Europe from 1793-1991 and Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945. Students on the 1 year full-time programme attend 4-8 hours of taught classes per week, whilst students following the 2 year part-time MA attend 2-6 hours of taught classes per week. The compulsory 15,000 word dissertation enables students to research a topic of their choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor. Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH)The Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH) joined King’s in September 2010 and has close links with the Department of History, enabling MA students to take ICBH modules and participate in Institute activities.Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHoSTM)The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHoSTM) joined King's in August 2013. The Centre is one of the most vibrant groups of historians devoted to the study of science, technology and medicine in the world, covering a long chronological range, and concerned with global as well as national histories. MA students can take modules offered by CHoSTM and are encouraged to attend their fortnightly seminar series.
Study in LondonLondon not only offers a vast range of resources but also has the advantage of a strong graduate community, where students can follow up a range of interests towards further research. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), many of which are convened by members of the Department.
Provides a distinctive programme suitable both for those intending to proceed to a PhD and for those who wish to study modern history at an advanced level. Encourage a broad vision in study that escapes rigid divisions of country, period or discipline.
Full-time study: 4-8 hours of taught classes per week.
Part-time study: 2-6 hours of taught classes per week.
The taught compulsory and optional modules are assessed by coursework and/or take-home examination. The compulsory 15,000 word dissertation enables students to research a topic of their choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor.
100 credits of required modules (detailed list below):
Includes a 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits (details below).
Part-time students take 40 credits of required modules in Year 1 and the dissertation module worth 60 credits in Year 2.
Advanced Skills for HistoriansDissertation (15,000 Words)Historical Methods
80 credits of optional modules (detailed list below).
Counting towards the 80, students can take credits from outside the department, either at King's or intercollegiately (at one of the other Colleges of the University of London). Module availability information will be published in the Spring. MA Modern History students often take optional modules from the MA Early Modern History, MA World History & Cultures, MA European Studies and MA Science, Technology and Medicine in History.
Counting towards the 80 or in addition to it, students can take a 20 credit language module. Alternatively, the Modern Language Centre at King's offers language classes to students which do not count towards the degree.
Part-time students take 40 credits of optional modules in Year 1 and 40 credits of optional modules in Year 2.
A History of Sports in the United StatesBritain and the Cold WarBritish Settler Societies: Colonies, Dominions And Nations Since 1800British State Welfare And The State Of Welfare In Britain, 1900-45British State Welfare And The State Of Welfare In Britain, 1945-2000Communications In Modern EuropeEmpire, Nation And Modernity In Eastern Europe, 1914-1948Experts, Inventions And Machines In Twentieth-Century BritainFinancial Crises In HistoryFrench Empires From The 16th To The 20th CenturyFrom Farm To Fork: Food In Modern BritainGender In British Society 1900-45Gender In British Society Since 1945History And Policy: Policymaking Under PressureParties, Voters And Political Culture In Britain 1900-1945Parties, Voters And Political Culture In Britain 1945-2000Religion And Politics In The 20th Century United StatesRevolutions And Constitutions In Europe, C.1790-1870Science And The State In Contemporary IndiaScience, Medicine and American FilmThe Making Of Muslims In Europe: Empire, Immigration, CitizenshipThe Peculiarities Of German HistoryThe Provisional IRATwentieth Century Australia: War And SocietyUS Political Culture In The 20th Century
Leads to further research or careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries.
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£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*
£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.
The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
Mark Woodhouse Bursary
One bursary will be offered to the strongest full-time applicant to our MA in Modern History who is not in receipt of any other funding. These awards will be available on academic achievement and promise, and are available to UK, EU and overseas students. Each scholarship is worth £1,000. No application is necessary: all MA applications submitted by 1 June will be considered. Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible after 15 June.
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