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.

Months of entry


Course content

Following a similar path to our Modern History MA, the Paris option allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities, before relocating to our Paris centre for the spring term, studying in a historic corner of Montparnasse.

The programme focuses on the period c1500-2000, and draws on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of modules, allowing you to tailor your programme to your interests. You can also study the Modern History MA at Canterbury only.

You learn from academics regarded as experts in their fields and research areas. You develop your capacity to think critically about past events, approach primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives and strive to understand the complex issues surrounding context and significance. In addition, you engage with the wider historiography and discourse associated with your studies, understanding the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period.

Course structure

In the autumn term in Canterbury, you study one compulsory module, Methods and Interpretations in Historical Research, and choose one module from a list of optional modules.

In Paris, you take the compulsory module, Literary Undergrounds and Anarchists in the Basement: Paris in the Age of Revolutions 1715-1870, and can choose between an independent historical research essay or select a ‘wild’ option from the range of modules offered in Paris.

In the final term, you complete your MA by writing an 18-20,000-word dissertation on a research topic defined in collaboration with an academic supervisor.

All teaching is provided in English, by University of Kent academics.

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 visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of History
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