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Modern History MA


Course Description

This MA is focused on European and British history since the mid 18th century, and students are encouraged to think beyond the rigid confines of country, period and discipline. We offer a huge range of options taught by world-leading experts, including modules taught in the Institute of Contemporary British History. Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits

- One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 7th in the Guardian University Guide 2015 rankings for History.

- King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. King’s is the Sunday Times ‘Best University for Graduate Employment 2012-3’. We were ranked third for graduate-level jobs and fifth for highest starting salaries in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide.

- 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.

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

Course detail

- Description -

The history of modern Europe and Britain has always been central to teaching at King’s. The popular MA programme teaches students the skills required for modern historical study and delves into key topics of the period, from European nation building to modern British politics. The MA is primarily intended for those interested in Continental European and/or British History since the mid 18th century and draws upon a wide range of approaches to create a comparative perspective. Students have the opportunity to broaden the number of sources available to them by studying a modern language.

Teaching on the MA is underpinned by the belief that an ability to make comparisons between the experience of different societies and polities is vital to understanding historical issues, and a compulsory historiography module has been designed with this in mind. Students are encouraged to think beyond the rigid confines of country, period and discipline. Opportunities to do so are enhanced by the wide choice of modules made available across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities as well as intercollegiately.

- Course purpose -

Provides a distinctive programme suitable both for those intending to proceed to a PhD and for those who wish to study modern history at an advanced level. Encourage a broad vision in study that escapes rigid divisions of country, period or discipline.

- Course format and assessment -

Full-time study: 4-8 hours of taught classes per week.

Part-time study: 2-6 hours of taught classes per week.

The taught compulsory and optional modules are assessed by coursework and/or take-home examination. The compulsory 15,000 word dissertation enables students to research a topic of their choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor.

Student Destinations:

Leads to further research or careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries.

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 Modern History MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Jonathan

1997.jpg I chose King’s because I’d had such a fantastic time here as an undergraduate. The History Department is one of the best in the country with some of the world’s leading experts in their fields and it has easy access to many libraries and archives, so why would I go anywhere else?

On top of this, there are a wide range of MA modules to choose from, and not only from within the Department. I am currently taking a module from the Institute of Contemporary History on British Political History; one might even do a module from the English or the War Studies Departments.

The tutors are all excellent. At MA the teaching is done in seminars; because of this, there’s a real sense of being treated as an academic equal, with the tutors there to help the discussion and add points, rather than simply lecture. Currently, my favourite seminars are Revolutions and Constitutions in Europe c.1790-1870 and Advanced Skills for Historians: the first because the history of the French Revolution and the nineteenth century in Europe created the foundations for the explosion of the First World War. Advanced Skills is fascinating because we look at how one actually goes about in-depth research in the archives, and how an historian should present those results.

Further, as an alumnus of King’s, the College awarded me an alumni bursary, which has meant I have a little bit left to fund my dissertation research into a new collection of papers on a Rear-Admiral in Nelson’s navy.

King’s has also given me the chance to play in the King’s Big Band. I play the trombone, and to be able to play jazz with some of the Music Department’s top players has been a huge bonus. We’ve played for BBC TV, the Royal Navy Association and various King’s Societies’ balls. Plus, it has meant meeting and working with people outside of my course and the Department, which is always a good experience.

London as a whole is such a vibrant place. There is so much to see and so much to do, and some of the top attractions are free! The great location of King’s on the Strand means that it is easy to wander up to the National Gallery or have lunch around Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament. King’s is therefore ideally situated to being able to just go and explore the capital.

(Student Profile)

James

4640.jpg "I joined King’s after a three year BA course in History at the University of Wales, deciding that the demands of an MA course needed a great urban location with access to a huge variety of resources."


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in history or a related subject such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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