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Handbook and Information

Welcome (or welcome back) to King's for your study in Politics & Contemporary History/Contemporary History (part-time)!

This is the handbook for students on our postgraduate taught programmes in 2017-18.

We hope you are looking forward to your studies. We are delighted that you have chosen to study here and hope you will take full advantage of the opportunities on offer. As well as postgraduate teaching and supervision, Institute staff run a regular seminar on Contemporary British History, hold many events including oral history witness seminars.

History & Policy is a national network which brings historians and policymakers together. Students are very welcome to get involved in our work and we look forward to seeing you at our events. Institute staff are also now members of the Department of Political Economy, so you will be able to take advantage of additional societies, seminars and events.

Getting started:

Choosing your modules - guidance and descriptions

About the Department:

Staff - Profiles of staff with contact details and term time office hours are available at this link. Students should always feel free to email tutors for an appointment if they aren’t able to attend during office hours.

Student representatives

Communication - we will use your email to stay in touch with you, and that's where all official College communications will go, so please make sure you check it very regularly. You can set it up to forward to another email address - full details on the IT website here if you click on 'Set up forwarding'.

Personal tutors

For information about personal tutors and how they can help you.


Timetables - link to the timetable website where you can find your individual timetable, or the department timetable.

Detailed information about your modules is available on the King's e-learning system, KEATS. Just log in with your IT username and password, and your registered modules will show on your homepage. Each one will give detailed reading lists, seminar topics, and guidance on assessed coursework.


King's Library Services

The main library that you are likely to use is the Maughan Library on Chancery Lane. There is a lot of support available to help you with research, study skills and finding the materials you need.

Study Skills - book a session for one-to-one help

As well as the King's Library, you should join the University of London Librarywhich is in Senate House, Russell Square. This complements the King's collections and has a lot of political history books and sources. You are entitled to free membership as a King's student. You should also join the British Library at St Pancras (nearest tube King's Cross St Pancras). This is a national copyright library so if there is a book you are having difficulty finding, they should have it.

General King’s Handbook

For access to the King's College London general handbook, go here.

Contemporary British History Seminar

The Centre for British Politics and Government holds a regular research seminar on Contemporary British History, which all students are encouraged to attend. The programme for 2017/18 will be up soon. The seminars are usually every other Wednesday in term time, at 5pm. There's no need to book. These seminars will be held at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London, Russell Square, London.

Other Events

There will be various events throughout the year, including special seminars for students, visiting lecturers giving classes, and our conferences and lectures which are open to the public as well as to students and staff at King's.

Any other information

If you have any questions, please get in touch with any of the tutors, or with our Programme Officer, Fevziye Hasan:

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