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World History & Cultures MA

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This course offers you the chance to study the global political, economic, and cultural interactions, the history of empires and the transnational histories of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.

King's College London has since the 1920s been a key international centre for Imperial and Global History. This MA course provides students with a core training in global and transnational history, while offering broad scope for personally-tailored interdisciplinary education, as students choose four optional modules from any offered by any department at King's College London, or from available MA courses at our London partner institutions (which include UCL, Queen Mary, and Royal Holloway). 

Leads to doctoral level research and careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.


Key benefits

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the Top 10 departments of History in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2015).

  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2016)

  • The most comprehensive coverage of the history of the European seaborne empires of any university in the UK and has key figures in the study of South Asia, Australia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • 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.

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Key information

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 Christine Mathias

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of History

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Description

King's College London has since the 1920s been a key international centre for Imperial and Global History. This MA course provides students with a core training in global and transnational history, while offering broad scope for personally-tailored interdisciplinary education, as students choose four optional modules from any offered by any department at King's College London, or from available MA courses at our London partner institutions (which include UCL, Queen Mary, and Royal Holloway). Students have particular scope to conduct their own research programmes, and can draw on an exceptional range of expertise within the World History research cluster of King's, which includes experts on Africa, South Asia, China, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, and the Middle East, as well as leading historians of the British Empire, Portuguese Empire, and French Empire. Many students coming out of this MA have gone on to fully-funded PhD studentships at King's, UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton and other universities, and others to careers in the civil and foreign services, education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Study in London

London 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.

Course purpose

To provide training in the historiographical and technical skills necessary for further study, and also to allow students to develop special expertise in areas of history and the humanities which attract them. Suitable both for potential academics and for personal interest, but particularly aimed at those students with a clear research interest looking to progress in academic study.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

We teach our modules through weekly seminars where you are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations. You can also attend relevant undergraduate lecture series.

Assessment

The majority of our modules are assessed through coursework essay, although this may be different for modules in other departments. The required 15,000-word dissertation enables you to research a topic of your choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor for six hours a week.

 

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

•           Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)

•           Transnational history (20 credits)

•           Dissertation (60 credits)

You will write a 15,000-word dissertation, on a topic devised and developed through discussion with your dissertation supervisor.

If you are a part-time student, you will take the required modules in your first year and you will write your dissertation in your second year.

Optional Modules

You will also take 80 credits from a range of optional modules. If you are a part-time student, you will take 40 credits in your first year and 40 in your second.

The list of optional modules may include:

  • The British Empire (20 credits)
  • British Settler Societies: Colonies, Dominions and Nations since 1800 (20 credits)
  • Harlem: A Social & Intellectual history since 1900 (20 credits)
  • On Contradictions: Themes in the Study of the Early People’s Republic of China (20 credits)
  • Making of Contemporary India: Political Power and Social Order in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • London Calling: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters with the Metropole (20 credits)
  • Inequality in World History (20 credits)
  • Obsessed with the West: Movements & Ideologies in Modern Iran (20 credits)
  • Debates in Modern Latin American History (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits from a range of master’s modules offered by:

-               Faculty of Arts and Humanities

-               King’s Brazil Institute

-               Institute of North American Studies

-               King’s India Institute

-               Institute of Contemporary British History

-               King’s Modern Language Centre

  • Up to 40 credits from a range of master’s modules offered through the intercollegiate scheme by Departments of History from across the University of London, subject to approval.

We regularly review the modules that we offer in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules that we offer may therefore change, and we suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (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.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

We interview all applicants, either in person or over the phone if they are normally resident overseas. Written examples of work may also required. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please note the optional modules you would be interested to take within your personal statement.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Printing and binding of two hard copies of the dissertation 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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