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Professional Doctorate in Modern History - MA


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Course Description

This popular Modern History course is focused 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. The couse is designed primarily for those interested in Continental European and/or British History and draws on a wide range of approaches to give you a comparative perspective. 

It offers a huge range of options taught by world-leading experts, including modules taught in the Institute of Contemporary British History.

The degree 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 in the top five in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2016).
  • King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good Universities Guide 2016).
  • 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.

Description

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 other institutions. You can also attend relevant undergraduate lecture series, such as Europe from 1793–1991 and Politics & Society in Britain, 1780–1945. 

Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH) 

The Institute of Contemporary British History (ICBH) joined us in September 2010, and it has close links with the Department of History, enabling you to take ICBH modules and participate in Institute activities.

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.  

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

Teaching

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

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

Assessment

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.


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

(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."


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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.

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