Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject (eg, politics, international relations, archaeology). In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

This new MA programme explores the military, cultural, political and social history of the First World War, introducing you to advanced concepts of historiography and cultural theory. Although based in the School of History, this Masters programme takes an inter-disciplinary angle on the First World War drawing on expertise from the School of Arts, and involves the collaboration of the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper/Ypres.

History, memory and culture are the heart of the programme which is based on two bespoke core modules that introduce different disciplinary approaches examining the history of the war and how it has been interpreted and understood since.

You have the opportunity to travel to the battlefields of the Western Front around Ypres, to examine the memorials and cemeteries and engage with the In Flanders Fields Museum staff to explore their collections, and consider the changing ways in which the war has been presented to the public.

Optional modules explore subjects in detail ranging from the impact of the conflict on Ireland to a detailed examination of the Imperial War Graves Commission in the first decades of its existence.

The programme draws upon an extremely wide range of sources including official documentation, propaganda materials, plays, films, radio broadcasts, architecture and even the landscape itself.

You conclude the programme with a major research dissertation (15,000-18,000 words) and will have the opportunity of using the materials at the In Flanders Fields Museum and Commonwealth War Graves Commission archives.

Compulsory modules, Landscapes of the Great War: Interpretations and Representations and Landscapes of the Great War: Public Histories, are interdisciplinary in nature, and aim to reinforce the different intellectual approaches to the war.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please see our Funding web pages for the most current information and application processes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of History
+44 (0)1227 827279