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Overview

The King's BA History degree programme is designed to develop your critical thinking and independence of thought about the past. The unrivalled range of modules ensures that you can choose a coherent programme of study to match your interests whilst studying in central London.


Key benefits

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 9th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide (2016).
  • Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.
  • A wider range of periods and places than most history degrees, from medieval Europe to modern India.
  • Students are taught in a friendly and supportive environment by expert historians.
  • The central London location offers students easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries.

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Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.


Key information

UCAS code V100

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of History

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAA

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

Required grades:

85% overall

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

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

Required subjects

History

Preferred subjects

None

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

A-levels: AAA including History

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAAAB in Highers, and AA at Advanced Higher (including History at A).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2017

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Course detail

Description

King's has a world-class reputation for the study of History and our graduates have excellent career prospects. The King’s history degree is designed to develop critical thinking and independence of thought about the past, as well as excellence in oral and written communication and argument. Our unrivalled range of options ensures you can choose an exciting programme of study to develop your interests.

Students begin the degree by taking modules offering a broad sweep of history, which deliver an understanding of the context of events over a broad period of time and are intended as introductory level modules.  During the second year students’ move on to select more focused options. These modules introduce thematic study across a narrower time period encouraging a more comparative approach to history.  Study becomes even more focused in the third year, where students choose a ‘Special Subject’ module which involves studying primary source materials and writing a research dissertation. This specialised approach is balanced by choosing one Thematic Special Subject, in which students think comparatively and theoretically about the different periods and places they have studied in their degree so far.

Teaching style

You will have regular and varied contact with staff and other students in lectures, seminars and supervisions. Most teaching takes place in seminars, which usually have between 15 and 25 participants and are a forum for discussion in which students have the opportunity to hone their discussion and presentation skills. Our first-year compulsory module is taught in small supervision groups of 5 or 6 students, allowing for close discussion of historical texts and sources, and detailed feedback on your written work. If you choose to write an independent piece of historical research in your final year, which can be on any topic, this will also be taught on a one-to-one basis with a tutor. From the beginning of the degree, you will analyse primary sources as well as the writings of historians. We ensure undergraduate students are exposed to many different approaches to history, and encourage you to adopt a comparative approach, looking at the connections and contrasts between different periods and places throughout the degree. The discipline of research and writing is essential to the development of the skills of the historian. At King's, therefore, we require an extensive amount of written work and independent study.

Structure of course and assessment

The King’s History degree lasts three years and each year students normally take modules totalling 120 credits.  The degree is assessed through a combination of essays, examinations, presentations, group work and dissertations. Students choose from a wide range of modules, which cover historical topics from Medieval times (c400AD onwards) through to the present day.

In the first year, students choose modules that span Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History as well as taking ‘Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches’, which is taught in small groups. In the second and third years, students select more focused options. 

All our modules are designed by the lecturers in the department and reflect their own scholarly research specialisms. In the final year, students have the opportunity to undertake a research dissertation on a topic of their choice, working under the one-to-one supervision of a member of staff who is a specialist in the field.

As King’s is part of the University of London, second-and final-year students also have the option of taking history courses at other institutions (such as UCL, and Royal Holloway), which means our students have an unrivalled choice of modules to choose from.

The King’s History programme is unique in its pair of compulsory second-year ‘History and Memory’ modules, where students consider the role of history in the present day, from its social and public uses to the conflicts and controversies it can generate and do so by using London as a real, living source. Field trip teaching on these modules is delivered through downloadable podcasts.

Location

The Department of History at King’s is centrally located on our Strand campus, and is within walking distance of the capital’s famous landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the River Thames and the South Bank. London offers unparalleled historical resources, including the British Museum, British Library, Imperial War Museum and National Gallery.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Special notes

All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad as part of their History degree at King's and recent popular destinations include The University of North Carolina Chapel, The University of Auckland and The University of Hong Kong.

Find out more about studying abroad: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/studyabroad

Structure

  • Currently, students study the following modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.



    Required Modules

    • Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches 

    Optional Modules

    Students choose one module from each of the three following time periods:

    Medieval History

    • The Making of Britain 400-1400 

    • Medieval Europe 400-1500 

    Early Modern History

    • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750 

    • Power, Belief and Culture in Europe 1500-1800 

    Modern History

    • Europe from 1793 to 1991 

    • Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945 

    • The Worlds of the British Empire, c1730-1960 

    • World History 1870s - 2000s

    View first year module descriptions

  • Second year students take two compulsory modules and choose a number of optional modules. Students also have the oppotunity to study a modern langauge in their second year, for details of languages offered see the Modern Language Centre.


    Required Modules

    • History and Memory I 

    • History and Memory II

    Optional Modules

    Students take one Group II module, usually offered intercollegiately, from a wide range of options that may typically include:

    • The Black Death in England 

    • The Civilising Mission: French Imperialism since 1750 

    • Conflict, Coexistence and Cooperation: South Asia’s International Relations since 1900 

    • War in the Pacific, 1898 to 1975 and beyond: Strategy and Diplomacy 

    • The Northern Ireland Troubles 

    • An additional range of intercollegiate Group II modules offered by our partner colleges in the University of London

    Students also take a Survey module from a wide range of options that may typically include:

    • London from the Romans to the Middle Ages 

    • History of Feminism 

    • Making Americans: Peoples, Cultures and Identities in Colonial North America and the United States, 1500-2000 

    • Faraway so Close: The Middle East since 1800 

    • China: From Imperial State to People’s Republic 

    In addition, second year students take two further modules from a wide range of options that may typically include:

    • The Hundred Years War 

    • Atlantic Slavery: West Africa & the Caribbean, 1492-1807 

    • Orientalism, Race, Islam 

    • Europe in the Second World War 

    • Electric Cities: The Experience of Modernity in London, Melbourne, New York and Paris, 1870-1929 

    • Modules offered by other departments in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

    View second year module descriptions


  • Required Modules

    There are no core modules in Year 3

    Optional Modules

    Final year students are required to  take a Group III module and its associated 30 credit dissertation from a wide range of options that may typically include:

    • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700

    • The Enlightenment 

    • The Experience of Power in Nigeria since 1900 

    • Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the 20th Century 

    • Women & Gender in Early Modern England 

    • Additional University of London intercollegiate Group III modules and associated 30 credit dissertations

    Final year students also take a ‘Thematic Special Subject’ module, chosen from a range of options that may typically include;

    • Ritual

    • Nations 

    • God 

    • War 

    • Wealth 

    In addition, third year students choose to study either second year modules (worth 30 credits) or write a free-standing essay of 10,000 words on a research topic of their choice, individually supervised by a member of academic staff. Students also have the opportunity to study a modern language in their final year, for details of languages offered see the Modern Language Centre.

    View final year module descriptions

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Career prospects

The career prospects for King's history graduates are excellent, and our location in the heart of London provides outstanding access to leading employers in many fields. Students develop skills which give them a critical edge in the job market, in particular the ability to process information quickly, think independently and present their ideas in pressure situations. Former King's history students work for national newspapers, in top law firms, in the civil service, in state and private schools, in heritage, banking and business sectors and in many different universities across the globe. Noted King's history graduates include Ronan Bennett (novelist and screenwriter), Janice Hadlow (Controller of BBC Two) and Georgina Henry (Executive comment editor of the Guardian newspaper).  The department runs sessions jointly with thw King's careers service throughout the year, which are specifically designed for History students.

 

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as…

• Academic Historian
• Dealers’ Assistant, Bonhams
• Research Analyst, Ministry of Defence
• Junior Accounts Executive, Chelgate
• Project Assistant, Heron Evidence Development
• Trusts & Statutory Fundraiser, Crisis UK
• Support Worker, Sense
• Departmental Runner, BBC

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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