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MA Modern History, Paris

Course Description

Following a similar path to our Modern History MA, the Paris option allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities, before relocating to our Paris centre for the spring term, studying in the heart of historic Montparnasse.

In Paris, you take the Paris-specific history module, England and France: Two kingdoms, two images, c1500-1700, and can choose between an historical independent research essay or select a ‘wild’ option from the range of humanities modules offered in Paris. For more information on our Paris centre, see here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/paris/

In the final term, you complete your MA by writing an 18-20,000-word dissertation on a research topic defined in collaboration with an academic supervisor.

All teaching is provided in English, by University of Kent academics.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year.

Methods and Interpretations of Historical Research
History Dissertation Workshop
Medicine, Environment and Society in the Modern World
The Vietnam War in History, Media and Memory
History of Science and Communication
Religion and Society in Seventeenth-Century England
Dissertation: Modern History 1500-2000

There are also a number of 'wild modules' from other departments across the University available to you.

Visit the MA Modern History, Paris page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kaitlin Meisse

2297.jpg Why did you choose to study at Kent?
I wanted to study European history, and Kent was really good for that. Being from the US, I hadn’t been outside of the States until this year and I wanted to take advantage of living somewhere other than England and have a worldly experience.

What are you particularly enjoying about your studies/time here?
We went on the ‘Walk the Unknown Soldier’ as a memorial for WW1, which was an 8km walk. I’m so glad I did it as I saw a great part of Paris that I otherwise wouldn’t have seen. The museums that we’re having access to and the things we're seeing make it more enriching, as we’re having to focus on particular things.

What are the facilities like in Paris?
I like how quiet it is at Reid Hall. It’s really nice because you’re in a busy city, and it’s almost like having a little miniature Canterbury here!

What is the level of support like in Paris?
It’s amazing, there’s always some sort of event to go to at night. I feel [support] is much more accessible through Kent. I had an issue with my student loan and it was sorted it out for me really quickly, which was great.

What do you think of the teaching structure?
We have different lecturers each week, which I like. The small class sizes are good too, it allows a lot of collaboration and input from different people. Here, we can go as slow as we like and ask as many questions as we want, so it’s really good.

How has studying in another country broadened your perspective?
Last week I visited Amsterdam, I went to the Van Gogh museum and travelled along the canals, it was amazing, I never would have had that opportunity in the States. I’ve loved meeting new people, visiting new cities and having lots of new experiences.

What are you planning to do next?
I’d like to get either a part-time job or an internship this summer. I’m planning on living in London and doing the bulk of my research and reading there for my dissertation. So I if I can get an internship or part-time job while I’m there, that’ll be amazing. I want to stay in England and build a small part of my life there for a while.


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject (eg, politics, international relations, archaeology). In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.

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