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.
Months of entry
The MA in Imperial History allows you to examine key themes and regions in the making of world history, from the 18th century to the present day.
Imperial history is a rapidly growing and innovative field of historical research, which offers you the opportunity to explore the origins, workings and legacies of empires. By critically engaging with a range of theoretical and empirical literatures, as well as conducting original research, you use historical data to tackle momentous questions relating to violence, development and global inequality.
The programme is administered by the School of History and convened by Dr. Giacomo Macola, Senior Lecturer in African History. Led by five specialists in the School, the programme takes a broad interdisciplinary approach which also encompasses renowned academics from other departments.
The team offers particular expertise in African political history, the history of military technology and conflict, global histories of religion and the newly-emerging field of children and childhoods. You also have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Centre for the History of Colonialisms.
This programme offers an ideal launching pad for students who envisage careers with an international dimension or plan to embark on doctoral work.
The MA in Imperial History is available for one year full-time, or two years part-time study. Students take four modules: two compulsory and two additional specialist modules (to be chosen from a menu of at least five variable yearly options). 60 further credits are earned through a final 15,000-word-long dissertation.
Teaching and Assessment
This is by coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation, which counts for one-third of the final grade.
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.
Two bursaries to cover full-time tuition fees at the home/EU rate will be made available on a competitive basis. Details about funding opportunities will be posted on the School of History website here in due course. For further information and informal enquiries, prospective applicants should contact either the MA convenor, Dr. Giacomo Macola or Faye Beesley, the School of History’s Postgraduate Co-ordinator.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of History
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