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Modern History MA (Canterbury & 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 a historic corner of Montparnasse.

The programme focuses on the period c1500-2000, and draws 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. You can also study the Modern History MA at Canterbury only.

You learn from academics regarded as experts in their fields and research areas. You develop your capacity to think critically about past events, approach primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives and strive to understand the complex issues surrounding context and significance. In addition, 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.

Course structure

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.

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 in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

HI878 - Methods and Interpretations of Historical Research (30 credits)
HI915 - Landscapes of the Great War: Interpretations and Representations (30 credits)
HI823 - Testimonies of War: Oral History in Theory and Practice (30 credits)
HI828 - Ireland and the First World War (30 credits)
HI866 - Science and Medicine in Context (30 credits)
HI874 - Religion and Society in Seventeenth-Century England (30 credits)
HI826 - Literary Undergrounds and Anarchists in the Basement (12 credits)
AR814 - Architecture and Cities 1840s - 1960s (30 credits)
CP807 - Diaspora and Exile (30 credits)
EN899 - Paris: The Residency (30 credits)
FI815 - Film and Modernity (30 credits)
FR803 - Paris and the European Enlightenment (30 credits)
FR820 - Paris: Reality and Representation (30 credits)
HI821 - Best of Enemies: Images of Britain and France in the 19th and 20th Cent (30 credits)


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

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

(Student Profile)

Laura Plimley

The Kent at Paris programme is an ideal opportunity to immerse myself in French culture and improve my French language skills, all while studying French and European Literature - how inspiring!

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School of History Scholarship - 4 Awards

The School of History is pleased to offer four scholarships for MA students. The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students and both Taught and Research students are eligible to apply. They will cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate as well as a maintenance bursary.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees, plus a maintenance bursary.


Open to all MA applicants who have applied (or are applying) to the School of History for the academic year starting September 2013.Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree (First or high 2:1) in a relevant subject.

Application Procedure

Application Process To apply for one of the School of History scholarships applicants must, In addition to their application for study:
•Provide a copy of their CV
•Write a covering letter. This should include full name, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the names and contact details of two referees (address, e-mail, telephone number). The deadline for receipt of applications eligible for this scholarship is 28 February 2013. There will be no interviews. The successful candidates will be informed by mid-March 2013. CVs and covering letters should be sent by post or by email to:Post:MA Scholarship Applications 2013
c/o Juliette Dack,
School of History,
Rutherford College,
The University of Kent,
Email:Juliette Dack ([email protected])

Further Information



The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5,000


- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


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. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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