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Contemporary British History MA

Course Description

Study contemporary British history at an advanced level in a strong research environment. Choose from a wide range of options, taught by experts in the field. The programme includes economic, social, cultural, political and diplomatic history. Leads to careers in research, journalism, the civil service, politics, teaching and finance. We provide a unique course covering contemporary historiography and research methods.

Key benefits

- Comparative approach to contemporary British history.

- Unique location in the heart of the British administrative centre with unrivalled access to library and archival resources and easy access to resources in Europe, as well as wide range of contemporary history experts at ICBH.

- Students attend the regular research seminar in Contemporary British History and have full access to ICBH's other exciting activitites, such as our oral history programme, History & Policy, conferences and research projects

- Annual residential workshop for ICBH MA and PhD students at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park

- Specialist historiography and research methods course for contemporary history, including oral history, and expert dissertation supervision in contemporary political, economic, social and diplomatic history.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/contemporary-history-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our programme provides training in and experience of historical analysis of issues of importance for the understanding of contemporary Britain. It focuses upon the study of British history over the past century, but assumes that British history must be understood in relation to other countries and regions, in particular the Empire/Commonwealth, Europe and North America.

Alongside the development of techniques, skills and knowledge relevant to your interests and research needs, the programme aims to equip you for both independent research and analysis in primary and secondary material, and writing at an advanced level, thus fostering your intellectual development and independent learning ability required for your continuing professional and personal development.

It is principally taught by staff within the Institute of Contemporary British History, including Professors Pat Thane, Richard Roberts and Roger Mortimore and Dr Andrew Blick and Dr Michael Kandiah, who between them offer expertise in political history, social and demographic history, economic history, financial history, international history and diplomatic history.

- Course purpose -

To provide you with a distinctive programme with which to proceed on to a PhD and to study contemporary British history at an advanced level, preparing you for a career in journalism, the civil service, consultancy, teaching, publishing and elsewhere.

- Course format and assessment -

Students will take modules worth a minimum of 180 credits. Most 20-credit modules are assessed by a 5,000-word essay. The dissertation module is assessed by a 15,000-word dissertation. We offer additional training, for example in oral history, and a residential workshop for MA and PhD students developing research and presentation skills.

Career prospects

Research in our department or elsewhere; civil service; teaching, journalism and politics.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Contemporary British History MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in history, politics or a relevant discipline, e.g. public policy, law or social science.Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least 2:1 honours standard through past studies, and where previous study, work or experience (for example, in government or NGO service) has made the applicant a suitable candidate, will also be considered. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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