Research course

Contemporary History

King's College London · Department of History

Entry requirements

Applicants require a master's degree with Merit (or international equivalent) in History, Politics, Public Policy, or other relevant discipline, with proven ability (such as in an undergraduate dissertation) for conducting extended research and writing.

In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelors degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) may be considered wiithout further study where there is a convincing case based upon the candidate's broader work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is offered within the Department of Political Economy, and focuses on research into politics, policy-making, and government in Britain in the recent past. We understand this broadly to include local politics, society and activism, economic policy and the City of London, as well as central government, foreign policy, political parties and Whitehall. Current supervisors include Professor Richard Roberts, Dr Michael Kandiah, Professor Pat Thane, Dr Andrew Blick and Professor Roger Mortimore.

Within the Department of Political Economy, the Centre for British Politics and Government includes the Witness Seminar programme formerly run by the Institute of Contemporary British History, and works with History & Policy, directed by Dr Andrew Blick, which works for better public policy through an understanding of history by connecting historians, policy makers and the media.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

John Meadowcroft
+44 (0)20 7848 7429