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MA Modern History

Course Description

This programme focuses on the period c1500-2000, drawing on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of modules, allowing you to tailor your programme to your interests.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/74/modern-history

Course detail

- Description -

You learn from academics regarded as experts in their fields. You develop your capacity to think critically about past events, approach sources from a variety of perspectives and strive to understand the complex issues surrounding context and significance. You engage with the wider historiography and discourse associated with your studies, understanding the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period.

There is also the option to spend your Spring term studying in Paris. See our MA Modern History, Paris option for more details: http://www.kent.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/programmes/taught/modern-history-paris.html

- Purpose -

This programme aims to:

- place the study of texts, images and artefacts, in their historical contexts, at the centre of student learning and analysis;
- ensure that students of modern history (ie history after 1500) acquire knowledge and understanding in the historical modes of theory and analysis
- enable you to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of modern history in different academic contexts and refine their understanding of the differing and contested aspects between, and within, the relevant disciplines
- develop your capacities to think critically about past events and experiences
- encourage you to relate the academic study of modern history to questions of public debate and concern

- Format and assessment -

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
- Reading the Medieval Town: Canterbury, an International City
- 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
- No End of a Lesson:Britain and the Boer War
- Geographies of Knowledge c 1750-1950
- Science in Translation:Western Science in the Non-Western World
- Deformed, Deranged and Deviant
- The Black Death and Transformation of Europe, 1346-1400
- Dissertation: Modern History 1500-2000

All courses are assessed by coursework, and the dissertation counts for half the final grade (comprising one third assessed preparation, two thirds actual dissertation).


As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, postgraduate qualifications are becoming more attractive to employers seeking individuals who have finely tuned skills and abilities, which our programmes encourage you to hone. As a result of the valuable transferable skills developed during your course of study, career prospects for history graduates are wide ranging. Our graduates go on to a variety of careers, from research within the government to teaching, politics to records management and journalism, to working within museums and galleries – to name but a few.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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

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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