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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.


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


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.

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

(Student Profile)


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)


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."


Singapore Scholarship Fund - Single Award

The scholarship has been established by Mr Alvin Yeo, a Singaporean alumni of King's College London. This scholarship was established to provide opportunities for Home and/or International students, who hold Singaporean nationality, and will help to support students who are able to demonstrate need of financial assistance, to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme of study at King’s within one of the following faculties:LawNatural & Mathematical SciencesArts & HumanitiesSocial Science & Public PolicyThe winner will be selected on the basis of a personal statement as well as demonstrable financial hardship. Applicants must have firmly accepted a confirmed place to study at King’s College London in September 2017.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:undertaking a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme at King's, 2017 entry;undertaking a course at one of the faculties listed above;have provided a written personal statement;
have a household income of £42,620 or less (or equivalent);willing to provide an end of year report and a letter of thanks to the donor.

Application Procedure

To apply, you should download the form.

Complete and return it to the Student Funding Office.

Further Information



Postgraduate Student Loan - 20+ Awards

The postgraduate student loan operates in much the same way as your undergraduate student loan for maintenance. You can apply for up to £10,280, and these funds can be used for either tuition or living costs. The loan is not be means-tested, and the repayments will be calculated using a similar method to your undergraduate loan repayments.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These loans are only be available to English domiciled and EU students and will be paid directly to you. You may use the funds for tuition and/or living or study costs.Loans are available for postgraduate Masters degrees in any subject, starting in the 2016-17 academic year. Eligible courses include MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil and LLM courses but not PhDs and not Postgraduate Diplomas (PGDip) or Certificates (PGCert).You can borrow up to £10,280 to cover your tuition fee or living costs. You must be aged under 60.

Application Procedure

The online application for Postgraduate Loans is now live, and can be found at: http://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Further Information



King’s Santander Masters Scholarships - 6 Awards

Applicants MUST:Be due to commence a full-time postgraduate Masters programme at King’s College London during the 2017/18 academic year;
Hold a conditional/unconditional offer for a full-time postgraduate Master at King’s College London in 2017/18 from the University’s Admissions Office (this means you should apply for a place at King's no later than March 31st 2017);
At the time of application, be permanent residents of one of the following Santander Network countries: Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK;
Be domiciled within one of the following Santander Network countries for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme: Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK;
Complete and submit the required application documentation by the stated funding deadline (see below);
Fulfil the relevant academic and English proficiency entry requirements set by King’s College London.
Santander Scholarships will offer funds to students wishing to undertake a one-year full-time Taught Masters Programme at King's College London. These funds will be made available to students from the regions of the world specified by Banco Santander.Up to six King's Santander Masters Scholarship awards will be offered.
Information about the application
Once the application deadline has passed, the Postgraduate & Graduate School Support (PGSS) office will gather and record details of all the online funding applications received. Further information and documentation will be extracted from the university’s admissions records/student records, as necessary.The PGSS office will check the eligibility of all applicants and circulate details/materials to the appropriate Faculty for consideration. All eligible applicants who have applied appropriately for our PGT funding schemes will be considered for the opportunity. Please be aware that applicants must already hold an admission offer by the funding application deadline.Note that, where eligible, an applicant can be considered for more than one type of funding scheme, and if successful, the applicant may be permitted to hold more than one type of award, as long as the funds are not seen to be overlapping.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Open to residents of the following countries
Spain, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom

Application Procedure

Applicants will be judged against the following criteria:
- Academic merit / degree qualifications;
- Professional qualifications achieved, where relevant;
- Strength of personal statement;
- Applicant’s future plans, and what they plan to do with the postgraduate taught degree;
- Confirmation of other funds sought/secured, whether from other scholarships or family/self funds. Note that preference may be given to applicants who have already secured some ‘partial’ funding from alternative sources towards the cost of the postgraduate taught degree programme;
- Preference may be given to students who have not previously undertaken a postgraduate degree programme.

Further Information


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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