The History Research Department at King’s College London has received the highest ratings for research in the RAE/REF since 1992. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. The Department of History is ranked 7th in the UK and 2nd in the Russell Group of universities according the framework's "power" metric, which takes into account both the quantity and quality of research activity.
The department has strength in all periods (from late antiquity to the present day). It is closely associated with inter-disciplinary research centres such as the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies and King’s Contemporary British History.’ In the overview, the first sentence should be reworded to read ‘is one of the top 10 history departments in Europe, and 17th in the world (QS rankings 2016).
You will be supervised by leading figures in your field, and participate in a lively and supportive historical research culture within the department (which has around 40 staff and 80 PhD students), and the wider London historical community, notably with our partners within the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, UCL and the School of Advanced Study (which includes the Institute for Historical Research). London also has quite outstanding library and archival resources for most historical specialisms, covering most of the world. We offer specialist supervision in many areas, including from the medieval to the modern periods, covering in each period, British and Irish, European, and Global and Imperial History, as well as the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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Programme StructureCourse study environment
- All students are allocated two supervisors and are expected to meet with their primary supervisor (or both if jointly supervised) on a regular basis. Shared supervision across the partner institutions in LAHP is encouraged. Monthly supervision reports are filed for all full-time students and supervisors must submit progress reports every six months in consultation with the student.
- There will be a further review by two members of the department at the end of the student's first and third years. After 9-12 months the student will normally be upgraded from MPhil to PhD status with a transfer to 'writing up' status usually occurring after three years full-time study. Upon submission of the thesis, assessment is by means of an oral examination (viva).
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesHistory View 83 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
- Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours degree and a Master of Arts with Distinction or Merit in a related subject.
- In exceptional cases, particularly strong applicants who do not hold a Distinction or Merit in their Master's degree may be considered.
International21870 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21870 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5820 GBP per year during 36 months.
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