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Our popular Modern History course focuses on European and British history from the mid-18th century onwards and explores the key topics of the period, from European nation building to modern British politics. Designed primarily for students interested in Continental European and/or British History, our course draws on a wide range of approaches to give you a comparative perspective.

It offers a huge range of options taught by leading experts, including modules taught in the Departments of War Studies and Political Economy.

The degree leads to careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key Benefits

• One of the best history departments in the world, ranked in the top five in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2017).

• King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017). 

• Innovative comparative approach to British and Continental European history since the 18th-century.

• The central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.

• Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.


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

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHoSTM)

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHoSTM) joined us in August 2013. The Centre is one of the most vibrant groups of historians devoted to the study of science, technology and medicine in the world, covering a wide chronological range, and concerned with global as well as national histories. You can take modules offered by CHoSTM and we will encourage you to attend their fortnightly seminar series.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

• Historical Methods (20 credits)

• Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take your Historical Methods and Advanced Skills for Historians, along with two optional modules from the list below, in your first year. In your second year, you will take your dissertation and two further optional modules

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take four modules (totalling 80 credits) from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

• The Provisional IRA (20 credits)

• English Exceptions since 1918 (20 credits)

• Revolutions & Constitutions in Europe – C 1790–1870 (20 credits)

• Empire, Nation & Modernity in Eastern Europe 1848–1914 (20 credits)

• Materialities & Modernities 1900–2000 (20 credits)

• Gender in British Society 1900–45 (20 credits)

• Religion & Politics In The 20th Century United States (20 credits)

• Science, War & the Nation: Britain 1900–2000 (20 credits)

• Up to 40 credits from a range of Master’s modules offered outside of the department, including those offered by other institutions intercollegiately, subject to the course convenor’s approval

Career prospects

Our graduates continue to further research or transfer their skills and knowledge to careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries.

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