Politics and Contemporary History

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our MA in Politics & Contemporary History provides you with an advanced critical study of the government and politics of contemporary Britain. It develops the knowledge, techniques and skills relevant to your interests and research needs and equips you for independent research and analysis and for writing at an advanced level.

Key benefits:

  • Study contemporary history and politics in the heart of London, with unrivalled access to archives and libraries.
  • Course tutors include renowned experts in the field of contemporary history and politics.
  • You attend regular research seminars in contemporary British history and have full access to other exciting activities, including witness seminars, conferences and research projects.

Who should take this course

Honours in history, politics or a relevant discipline, eg public policy, law or social science. Evidence of achievement of an academic level comparable to at least 2:1 honours through past studies, and where previous study, work or experience (eg in government or NGO service) has made the applicant a suitable candidate, will also be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • British Political History since 1945 (20 credits)
  • The Evolution of British Government since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Contemporary History in Practice (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Anglo-American Relations since 1945 (20 credits)
  • The Armed Forces, State & Society 1815 to the present (20 credits)
  • The Blair Years (20 credits)
  • Democracy in the United Kingdom (20 credits)
  • Contemporary British Monarchy (20 credits)
  • Election Campaigning, Public Opinion & Politics in Britain 1945-2010 (20 credits)
  • No.10, The Cabinet and UK Central Government: Leadership and Coordination (20 credits)
  • Parties, Voters & Political Culture in Britain 1945-2000 (20 credits)
  • The Treasury and an Introduction to Economic History- in Partnership with HM Treasury (20 credits)
  • Welfare & the State in Britain since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Students may take a maximum of 40 optional credits from level 7 modules outside of their programme's approved module list, subject to approval by the programme director.
  • Students may take an additional non-assessed 20 credit language module in addition to the required 180 credits.

If you are taking the part-time course, you will usually take 60 credits of required modules, alongside 20 credits of optional modules during your first year and take the remaining credits and your dissertation in your second year, although this can be individually discussed with the student. King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

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