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Our course offers you the chance to study Contemporary British History at an advanced level in one of the top ranked History departments in Europe.
You can choose from a wide range of options taught by experts in the field, covering British economic, social, cultural, political, military, imperial, and diplomatic history, as well as the history of British science, technology and medicine.
Our course leads to careers in research, journalism, the civil service, politics, teaching and finance.
Application status Closed
Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90
Course intake Variable
Course leaders Professor David Edgerton
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of History
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Our Contemporary British History course will provide you with training in and experience of the historical analysis of issues that are central to understanding contemporary Britain. While we focus on the study of British history over the past century, we also recognise that you can’t understand British history without reference to other countries and regions, in particular the Empire/Commonwealth, Europe and North America.Alongside teaching you the techniques, skills and knowledge relevant to your interests and research needs, we will equip you for both independent research and analysis in primary and secondary material, and train you to write at an advanced level. We will foster your intellectual development and independent learning ability, which you will need to continue your own professional and personal development.
If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 34 hours of independent study alongside this.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours a week of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and two to four hours in your second year. Alongside this we will expect you to undertake 12-24 hours a week of independent study.
For your dissertation, we will give you six hours of one-to-one supervision, and we will expect you to undertake 574 hours of self-study.
We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your performance will be assessed through a combination of essays and a dissertation which will make up 100% of your assessment.
This course is primarily taught at King’s College London Strand Campus. We are located in the heart of London, the centre of British administration, which offers you unrivalled access to library and archival resources and easy access to resources in Europe. You will also benefit from the range of expertise within our Department and the extensive resources and facilities here at King’s.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
You are required to take:
• Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)
• Britain 1900–1945: Politics, Society, Economy, Culture, International Relations (20 credits)
• Britain since 1945: Politics, Society, Economy, Culture, International Relations (20 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)
Part-time students typically take the required taught modules and one optional module in Year 1 and two optional modules and the dissertation in Year 2.
In addition, you are required to take three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range that typically includes the following from History and other departments.
• The Provisional IRA (20 credits) (History)
• Britain & Decolonisation (20 credits) (History)
• The British Empire (20 credits) (History)
• Gender & British Society (20 credits) (History)
• Science, War & the Nation: Britain 1900–2000 (20 credits) (History)
• Anglo-American Relations (20 credits) (DPE)
• Britain & the Cold War (20 credits) (DPE)
•Up to 40 credits from a range of master’s modules offered by other departments, including those offered via the intercollegiate scheme by Departments of History from across the University of London, subject to the course convenor’s approval.
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
2:1 undergraduate degree in history, politics or a relevant discipline, eg public policy, law or social science.Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least 2:1 honours standard through past studies, and where previous study, work or experience (eg in government or NGO service) has made the applicant a suitable candidate, will also be considered.
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.
We may wish to interview applicants, either in person or over the phone if they are normally resident overseas. Once references and transcripts are received, we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods.
You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please explain why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and, if relevant, your career plans.
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:
Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.
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.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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 deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
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.
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
· travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
· graduation costs
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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