The history of modern Europe and Britain has always been central to our teaching. This popular Modern History MA programme will give you the skills that you need to study modern history, and you will explore the key topics of the period, from European nation building to modern British politics. We have designed this MA primarily for those interested in Continental European and/or British History since the mid-18th century, and the programme draws on a wide range of approaches to give you a comparative perspective. You will also have the opportunity to study a modern language, which will extend the range of sources that you can engage with.
We will help you to make comparisons between the experiences of different societies and polities, a skill that we believe is fundamental to understanding historical issues, and to think broadly, not just in terms of country, period and discipline.
The course will give you access to an exceptionally wide range of optional modules from across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, as well as other institutions. You can also attend relevant undergraduate lecture series, such as Europe from
1793-1991 and Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945.
Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH)
The Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH) joined us in September 2010, and it has close links with the Department of History, enabling you 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 us 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 wide chronological range, and concerned with global as well as national histories. You can take modules offered by CHoSTM and we will encourage you to attend their fortnightly seminar series.
If you are a full-time student, we will give you six hours of teaching each week through seminars, where you will contribute to the discussion and deliver presentations, and we will expect you to undertake 34 hours of self-study.
If you are a part-time student, we will give you two to four hours of teaching each week through seminars, where you will contribute to the discussion and deliver presentations, and we will expect you to undertake 12 to 24 hours of self-study.
For your dissertation, we will give you six hours of one-to-one supervision, and we will expect you to undertake 574 hours of self-study.
We will assess you mostly through coursework, although some optional modules may may differ. For your dissertation you will write a 15,000-word essay.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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.