Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers a unique opportunity to combine academic study of the past with a practical focus on public history. Taught by specialist, research-active staff who are leaders in their fields, it will equip you with an understanding of cutting-edge research and debates within the discipline of history as a whole, while providing training in historical skills such as using archives and exploring history through ICT. The course also includes work placements in and visits to research archives, museums and heritage sites.

Key features

  • Choose from our specialist modules on modern Britain and Europe, eighteenth-century Britain and revolutionary France, or public history. Have a look at our departmental blog to see the latest topics that Kingston historians are writing on, and how we use blogging, and other media to engage in vibrant historical conversations with the wider public.
  • This MA will enable you to pursue studies leading to a research degree, an academic career or wider employment opportunities in the media, heritage and publishing industries.
  • Rich in local and nationally important heritage, Kingston University has the added advantage of proximity to London and its historic sites, museums and research resources including the National Archives at Kew, the British Library and Historic Royal Palaces. There will be opportunities for work placements within London's research archives, institutes, heritage sites and museums.
  • You will have full access to the University's Centre for the Historical Record, which promotes collaborative research, knowledge exchange and discussion between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public. It organises seminars and conferences and provides advice on digitisation projects. See our history research pages for more information.

What will you study

You will be introduced to key debates about the theory and practice of different types of history. You will also be provided with a broad outline of a variety of research methods, and will gain the documentary and archival skills necessary to pursue a research topic of your choice. You will be taught in small groups by an expert historian in your particular topic of interest. You will be encouraged to focus on a specific area of research early in the course and will be allocated a subject supervisor who will work with you on your dissertation. Module assignments can be tailored to fit your research interests.

You may choose from two approaches:

  • pursue your topic thematically through ‘The Eighteenth Century' and ‘Modern Britain and Europe' modules before taking your dissertation; or
  • combine the study of your chosen research topic in one of the above modules with the ‘Presenting Public History' module to discover how to communicate your research to a wider public audience. This option enables you to vary the format in which your dissertation is submitted.

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