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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. 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 contemporary history and politics.

  • 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 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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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
You will typically have 20 hours per 20-credit taught module, as well as 180 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

For the dissertation module, you will have 8 hours of dissertation supervision to complement the 592 hours of self-study.

Assessment
Most 20-credit modules are assessed by a 5,000-word essay, however assessment 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 (20 credits)
  • The Evolution of British Government since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Contemporary History in Practice (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Anglo-American Relations since 1945 (20 credits)
  • The Armed Forces, State & Society 1815 to the present (20 credits)
  • The Blair Years (20 credits)
  • Democracy in the United Kingdom (20 credits)
  • Contemporary British Monarchy (20 credits)
  • Election Campaigning, Public Opinion & Politics in Britain 1945-2010 (20 credits)
  • No.10, The Cabinet and UK Central Government: Leadership and Coordination (20 credits)
  • Parties, Voters & Political Culture in Britain 1945-2000 (20 credits)
  • The Treasury and an Introduction to Economic History- in Partnership with HM Treasury (20 credits)
  • Welfare & the State in Britain since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Students may take a maximum of 40 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 20 credit language module in addition to the required 180 credits.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will usually take 60 credits of required modules, alongside 20 credits of optional modules during your first year and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student.

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 £60 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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  

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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.

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