World History and Cultures

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

Course Overview

Our World History & Cultures MA offers you the chance to study the global, political, economic, and cultural interactions, the history of empires and the transnational histories of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.

Since the 1920s, King's has been a key international centre for Imperial and Global History so it's a great place to study. As well as providing training in global and transnational history, our course offers you the opportunity to personalise your degree by choosing optional modules offered by any department at King's or from available MA courses at our London partner institutions (which include UCL, Queen Mary and Royal Holloway).

Leads to careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.

Key benefits:

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the top five departments of History in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2017).
  • King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education Wold University Rankings 2017).
  • The most comprehensive coverage of the history of the European seaborne empires of any university in the UK and has key figures in the study of South Asia, Australia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Our central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.
  • Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in history or a related subject such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.



Course content

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

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)
  • Transnational history (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

You will write a 15,000-word dissertation, on a topic devised and developed through discussion with your dissertation supervisor. If you are a part-time student, you will take the required modules in your first year and you will write your dissertation in your second year.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules. If you are a part-time student, you will take 40 credits in your first year and 40 credits in your second.

The list of optional modules may typically include:

  • The British Empire (20 credits)
  • Harlem: A Social & Intellectual history since 1900 (20 credits)
  • On Contradictions: Themes in the Study of the Early People's Republic of China (20 credits)
  • Making of Contemporary India: Political Power & Social Order in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • Inequality in World History (20 credits)
  • Obsessed with the West: Movements & Ideologies in Modern Iran (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits from a range of master's modules offered outside of the department, including those offered via the intercollegiate scheme by Departments of History from across the University of London, subject to approval.
  • You may also opt to take an additional 20 credits in a Level 7 language module at the Modern Languages Centre.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study.


  • Full time overseas fees:

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.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

How to enroll?

Provide us with your contact details, course provider will get back to you.

A representative from King's College London will contact you soon.