Research course

History

Institution
King's College London · Department of History
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours degree and a Master of Arts with Distinction or Merit in a related subject.

In exceptional cases, particularly strong applicants who do not hold a Distinction or Merit in their Master's degree may be considered.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The History Department at King’s is one of the top 5 history departments in Europe (QS rankings 2019). Our aim is to provide outstanding training and supervision in most branches of medieval, early modern and modern history to prepare students for careers both within the academy and beyond. It has received the highest ratings for research in the RAE/REF national audits since 1992. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. The Department of History is ranked 6th in the UK according the framework's 'power' metric, which takes into account both the quantity and quality of research activity.

The department has strength in all periods (from late antiquity to the present day) across an array of global settings. It is closely associated with inter-disciplinary research centres such as the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, and King’s Contemporary British History.

You will be supervised by leading figures in your field, and participate in a lively and supportive historical research culture within the department (which has around 65 staff and 90 PhD students), and the wider London historical community, notably with our partners within the London Arts and Humanities Partnership: UCL and the School of Advanced Study (which includes the Institute for Historical Research). London also hosts quite outstanding library and archival resources for most historical specialisms, covering most of the world. We offer specialist supervision in many areas, including from the medieval to the modern periods, covering in each period, British and Irish, European, and Global and Imperial History, as well as the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

The Department receives major research grants from the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and Wellcome Trust. Students work on projects including cooperative ones with museums and other organisations and participate in exchanges and visits with many partner organisations including the University of North Carolina and Jawaharlal Nehru University. There is also an option of undertaking a joint PhD with Hong University or the National University of Singapore.

Students in the history department are eligible to apply for full funding (fees and maintenance) from the London Arts and Humanities Consortium. Residence requirements apply. In addition to this a Hans Rausing studentship provides full maintenance and fees (either home or overseas) for a PhD student working on the history of science and technology. The department provides a number of additional bursaries to postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
admissions@kcl.ac.uk