Masters | Postgraduate Course - Contemporary British History MA Course Details within King's College London

Course Fees
Full time UK fees: £9,450 p.a. (2017/18)Full time overseas fees: £18,420 p.a. (2017/18) Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a. (2017/18) Part time overseas fees: £9,210 p.a. (2017/18)
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Contemporary British History MA

Study Details

MA 1 year FT / 2 years PT

Our MA in Contemporary British History offers you the chance to study twentieth-century British history at an advanced level in an outstanding research environment, located in central London. You can choose from a wide range of options taught by well-known experts in the field. Our course is wide-ranging and includes British economic, social, cultural, political, military, imperial, and diplomatic history, as well as the history of British science, technology and medicine.

Key benefits

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK (REF 2014)  and 17th in the world (QS 2016)  for History
  • Wide-ranging and multi-faceted approach to contemporary British history, working across and between disciplines, with leading practitioners
  • Our unique location in the heart of the British administrative centre with unrivalled access to library and archival resources and easy access to resources in Europe, as well as a wide range of experts (within and beyond the university) in contemporary history and politics
  • Opportunity to attend regular research seminars in contemporary British history within the Department and at the Institute of Historical Research, and engage with other public-facing initiatives such as History & Policy, Historians in Residence, and the Strand Group
  • Our specialist historiography and methodology course for MA students, including oral history and archival training, and access to an extensive range of expert dissertation supervision in an unrivalled range of topics

Module details

 Required Modules

  • Britain since 1900 - 1945: Politics, Society, Economy, Culture, International Relations (20 credits)
  • Britain since 1945: Politics, Society, Economy, Culture, International Relations (20 credits)
  • Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Britain since 1900: Politics, Society, Economy, Culture, International Relations
  • Britain Since 1900: Politics, Society, Economy, Culture, International Relations since 1945

Optional Modules
Choose three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range that typically includes the following from History and other Departments. 

  • The Provisional IRA (History)
  • English Exceptions since 1918 (History)
  • Spiritual Nation: secularization, multiculturalism & Christianity in Britain, 1945-present (History)
  • Britain and Decolonization (History)
  • The British Empire (History)
  • London Calling: Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters with the metropole (History)
  • From farm to fork: Food in Modern Britain (History)
  • Gender and British Society (History)
  • Science, War and the Nation: Britain 1900-2000 (History)
  • Downriver: Writing the Thames Estuary from 1890 to the Present (English)
  • Anglo-American Relations (DPE)
  • Britain and the Cold War (DPE)
  • Election Campaigning, Public Opinion and Politics in Britain 1945-2010 (DPE)
  • History & Policy: Policymaking Under Pressure (DPE)
  • Parties, Voters and Political Culture in Britain 1945-2000 (DPE)

Entry Requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in history, politics or a relevant discipline, eg public policy, law or social science.

Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least 2:1 honours standard through past studies, and where previous study, work or experience (eg in government or NGO service) has made the applicant a suitable candidate, will also be considered.