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Politics & Contemporary History MA

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Overview

Our MA in Politics & Contemporary History provides you with an advanced critical study of the government and politics of contemporary Britain, using history and historical methodologies. It develops the knowledge, techniques and skills relevant to your interests and research needs and equips you for independent research and analysis and for writing at an advanced level.


Key benefits

  • Study contemporary history and politics in the heart of London, with unrivalled access to archives and libraries.

  • Course tutors include renowned experts in the field of politics and contemporary history.

  • You attend regular research seminars in contemporary British history and have full access to other exciting activities, including witness seminars, conferences and research projects.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT / 2 years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90

Course leaders Dr Michael Kandiah

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Political Economy

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Course detail

Description

You are required to take modules on the Evolution of British Government and British Political History since 1945, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules.

You are given the opportunity to experience the Department of Political Economy’s work with policymakers and politicians through History & Policy, as well as regular research seminars, conferences and other events which you can attend.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

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. 

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

 ModuleLectures, seminars and feedback  Self-study
 Per 15-credit module  Typically 20 hours  130 hours
 Dissertation module  8 hours of dissertation supervision  592 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Most 15-credit modules are assessed by a 4,500-word essay, however assessment types and patterns may vary across modules. The dissertation module is assessed by a 15,000-word dissertation.

Regulating body
King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • British Political History since 1945 (15 credits)
  • The Evolution of British Government since 1945 (15 credits)
  • Contemporary History in Practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are taking the part-time programme, you will usually take all of the three required taught modules (60 credits in total) during the first year of your programme and the dissertation module in the second year of your programme.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 75 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (15 credits)
  • From Blair to Brexit: Britain Since 1997 (15 credits)
  • The Blair Years (15 credits)
  • Democracy in the United Kingdom (15 credits)
  • Britain and Europe Since 1945 (15 credits)
  • Election Campaigning, Public Opinion & Politics in Britain (15 credits)
  • Contemporary British Monarchy (15 credits)
  • The Treasury and an Introduction to Economic History: In Partnership with HM Treasury (15 credits)

If you are taking the part-time programme, the Department generally advise that you take one 15 credit optional module in the first year of your programme and two 15 credit optional modules (30 credits total) in the second year of your programme, in order to balance your workload.

Students may take a maximum of 30 out of the 75 optional credits from level 7 modules outside of their programme’s approved module list, subject to approval by the programme director.

Students may take an additional non-assessed language module in addition to the required 180 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Politics and Contemporary History Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1

2:1 honours 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 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.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks once all documentation has been received (including references). We may invite candidates for interview if their qualifications are non-standard.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Politics & Contemporary History checklist
Personal Statement  Yes  Please submit a one-page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and, if relevant, your career plans. Please also list the optional modules in which you are interested.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

 

Application closing date

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:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

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.

Help and support

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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 receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

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.

Additional costs/expenses

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
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

After studying this course you can go on to a career in journalism, the civil service, management consultancy, teaching and research.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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