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 a research project 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:
Students are saying:
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 transferrable to my academic career.
Cultural partners are saying:
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 cataloging 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
Scholarships / sources of funding currently available for King's History MA students include:
Worshipful Company of Bowyers Scholarship
One Worshipful Company of Bowyers Scholarship, generously funded by the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, will be awarded to the best-performing King’s undergraduate History student (single or joint honours) who is staying on to take any of the master's programmes offered by the Department, and is not in receipt of any other funding. This scholarship is worth £2,000, and will be awarded based on undergraduate degree results. No application is necessary; all MA applications from final-year History undergraduates will be considered.
Wolfson Townsley Scholarship
One Wolfson Townsley Scholarship, generously funded by Charles Wolfson Townsley, will be awarded, based on merit, to one applicant to any of our MA History programmes. This award will be available on academic achievement and promise and the student must be paying Home Fees to be eligible. The recipient of this scholarship will receive £10,000 towards the cost they incur while studying. No application is necessary: all MA applications submitted will be considered.
Jinty Nelson Scholarship
One Jinty Nelson Scholarship, generously funded by Dr Saker Nusseibeh, will be awarded, based on merit, to one applicant to the Medieval Studies MA. This award will be available on academic achievement and promise, and is available to UK, EU and overseas students. The recipient of this scholarship will receive £10,000 towards the cost they incur while studying. No application is necessary: all MA applications submitted will be considered.
Mark Woodhouse Bursary
Two Mark Woodhouse Bursaries, generously funded by Mr Mark Woodhouse, will be offered to the strongest full-time applicant to the MA in Modern History and to the strongest full-time applicant to any of our other MA History programmes. The applicant must not be in receipt of any other funding. This award will be available on academic achievement and promise, and is available to UK, EU and overseas students. These scholarships are worth £1,000 each. No application is necessary: all MA applications submitted will be considered.
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 lectures, through organising a range of events such as socials, walks and museum tours, as well as talks from renowned academics.
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.
As this society is run by students for students, we are open to any comments or suggestions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 society here.
For further details about the History Society, including committee member contact details, please see the History Society website.
Muse Magazine, a history and current affairs magazine composed of student contributions, is written by King's students, for king's students.
Organised through the History Society, the magazine publishes in-depth reviews of key exhibitions, articles on modern history and current affairs, and engaging analyses of world history.
Visit the Muse Magazine website for more information and to read the latest articles.
If you would like to submit an article to Muse Magazine, please send your pitch to email@example.com.