The history of modern Europe and Britain has always been central to our teaching. This popular Modern History MA course will give you the skills that you need to study modern history, and you will explore the key topics of the period, from European nation building to modern British politics. We have designed this MA primarily for those interested in Continental European and/or British History since the mid-18th century, and the course draws on a wide range of approaches to give you a comparative perspective. You will also have the opportunity to study a modern language, which will extend the range of sources that you can engage with.
We will help you to make comparisons between the experiences of different societies and polities, a skill that we believe is fundamental to understanding historical issues, and to think broadly, not just in terms of country, period and discipline.
The course will give you access to an exceptionally wide range of optional modules from across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, as well as selected modules from the Departments of War Studies and Political Economy, and other institutions. You can also attend relevant undergraduate lecture series, such as Europe from 1793–1991 and Politics & Society in Britain, 1780–1945.
If you are a full-time student, we will give you six hours of teaching each week through seminars, where you will contribute to the discussion and deliver presentations, and we will expect you to undertake 34 hours of self-study.
If you are a part-time student, we will give you two to four hours of teaching each week through seminars, where you will contribute to the discussion and deliver presentations, and we will expect you to undertake 16 to 18 hours of self-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.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your performance will be assessed through a combination of essays and a dissertation.
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our central location offers you unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries, as well as easy access to resources in Europe. You will benefit from the wealth of cultural and social opportunities in one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, where so much of modern history was made. London also has the advantage of a strong graduate community, where you can follow up a range of interests towards further research. For example, we will strongly encourage you to participate in the seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), many of which are convened by members of the Department.
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