Taught course

Modern and Contemporary British History

Queen Mary, University of London · History

Entry requirements

We usually require a first or upper second class honours degree in History or another Humanities-related subject. A recognised equivalent from an accredited international institution is also accepted. Applications from mature students and those with qualifications or experience not listed in our standard entry requirements are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Britain was the world’s earliest modern democracy, its first industrial nation and, until the era of the superpowers, the greatest modern empire. Even today, Britain retains global reach, known for its cultural innovation, its economic power, its particular brand of politics, and its sustained international ambitions.

If you are fascinated by this island story, and want to write its history at an advanced postgraduate level in one of the world’s renowned centres of historical expertise, you should join the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London.

On the MA, you will study British history from the Victorian era to the present day, with specialities in the history of government and politics, foreign affairs and war, gender, emotions, medicine and psychology. The School of History, in partnership with the School of Politics and International Relations, hosts the Mile End Institute (MEI). The Mile End Institute brings together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address major political challenges in the UK from a contemporary and historical perspective. You will be able to attend their regular series of public events, which provide students with unique opportunities for further intellectual enrichment and personal development during their time at QMUL and beyond.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
N/A months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months
N/A months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes Assessments Manager