Taught course


Kingston University · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in history, English or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in History at Kingston University offers an exciting and wide-ranging programme, teaching within a friendly and supportive department, and access to London's unrivalled research archives, libraries and museums. Taught modules from which you can choose are built around our research expertise in 20th-century and contemporary Britain, modern international and imperial history, and the 18th century and French Revolutionary period. The course is also tailored to your interests and needs, with full- and part-time routes, and a dissertation on your own research interest.

Key features

  • Taught modules built around our research expertise in 20th-century Britain, modern international and imperial history and the 18th century and French Revolutionary period.
  • Benefit from London's vast range of historical centres, museums and resources, including the National Archives at nearby Kew and the British Library, and from access to cultural and policy-making figures working in the capital.
  • Be taught in our friendly and supportive environment, in small groups, and with one to one supervision for your dissertation on a research project of your choice. Enjoy flexibility, with our full- and part-time routes.
  • Engage with our programme of eminent visiting speakers, who give talks on their latest historical research
  • Training in historical skills, such as using archives and exploring history through ICT. Also, contribute to our department's highly active history blog.
  • You will have access to our Centre for the Historical Record (CHR), which promotes collaborative research between historians and archivists, and provides advice on digitisation projects.

What will you study

You will take a core module, Doing History, which ranges across historical debates, archives and digital resources. It will expose you to the latest debates within the historical profession, while also providing training in historical skills, such as using archives and exploring history through ICT. This will help equip you for your dissertation, on your chosen research topic, on which you will work one-to-one with an assigned specialist supervisor. Module assignments can be tailored to fit your research interests. You will also choose two option modules from the following three: Twentieth-Century Britain: Politics, Society and Culture; International History; and The Eighteenth Century: Revolution, Empire and Society.

We offer a wide range of events and social activities, through our student History Society, a guest speaker programme, and departmental blog: http://historyatkingston.wordpress.com/.

See details of our research at Cultural Histories at Kingston and Centre for the Historical Record.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/ for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929