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Aspects of Study

MA Internship

[For those continuing onto postgraduate study, following the successful completion of their undergraduate course.]

In collaboration with internal and external partner institutions, we offer a number of internships to MA students in the History Department. On these projects students undertake research designed by a King's staff member and/or by the partner institution. These projects will typically focus on a historical topic related to the institution’s historical collections and will be directly linked to the needs of the host organisation.  

In most cases the aim of the research will be to generate knowledge that will result in or help to create a public output such as an exhibit, a podcast, a public lecture or contribute to a publication. In some cases the research will contribute to knowledge for the internal needs of the institution itself, and to researchers, such as for instance the creation of a database. Thus, students have the opportunity to use their research skills to make historical material more widely accessible. We are fortunate to work with a wide range of partner institutions such as the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Horniman Museum, and Dr Johnson’s House.

Recent student projects have included:  

What students and cultural partners are saying about the MA Internship:

"This was my favourite module this year. I appreciated how independent it was, and how helpful and welcoming the staff at the placement site have been. I feel that I learned a lot, and I helped my placement site as well. The output was challenging and a lot of work, but worthwhile. The opportunity for hands-on experience was excellent."

Through taking part in the internship programme, I have gained valuable skills in how to use the source material and how to communicate these findings successfully – skills that are transferable to my academic career.

"This is the third year that the Foyle Special Collections Library at King’s has hosted an MA History intern, and we have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. The internship is just the right length: long enough to generate work of real value and short enough to retain focus and be manageable for host and intern alike."

- Katie Sambrook, Head of Special Collections, King's College London

"The experience with the two students we hosted this year was very positive: the students achieved a great deal of cataloguing for us, and immersed themselves in the world of 19th century natural history with gusto. The fact that they collaborated on their output (a podcast) was an added bonus, and it was a joy to see them in the Library, discussing their sources and working out how to frame the content of the podcast together. It was an immensely rewarding and fruitful collaboration, between the students themselves, and between the students and the Linnean Society. We very much look forward to being involved again next year."

- Isabelle Charmantier, Deputy Collections Manager/Librarian, Linnean Society



Semester Abroad

The History department has exchange links with universities on five continents. Our students can study for a semester of their second year at leading European universities in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain; in Australasia and North and South America; in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Further exchange links with universities in Ghana and India are in the development stage.

All these links have been developed through the close research connections forged by members of the Department. As an outward, global department we believe passionately that our students learn to think in a different way through immersion into different learning environments. What's more, the experience of living and working abroad is a key benchmark for employability.

History feature

History society & magazine

The History Society is one of the oldest student-run societies in the UK, and a registered member of King’s College London Students' Union (KCLSU). 

Its aim is to create more opportunities for History students to socialise outside of classes, through organising a range of events such as socials, walks and museum tours, as well as talks from renowned scholars. Additionally, the History Society publishes Muse, a history and current affairs magazine created by students.

The Society does not cater only for History Department students, however, but for all those who have an interest in history, whether they opted to pursue the subject at degree-level or not. Visit the Society's Facebook page for up-to-date information on all forthcoming events. 

All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join. Membership is £5 per year and this guarantees you reduced/free entry to most events. 

Join the King's History Society 


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