University of Kent, School of History

Introduction

The School of History

The School of History at the University of Kent is recognised as one of the leading history departments in the country. Ranked eighth for Research Intensity in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, our students work alongside lecturers and tutors who are not just excellent teachers, but world-class researchers actively working at the forefront of their chosen field.

All our programmes are incredibly flexible, allowing students to tailor their degree around their interests. We offer a range of undergraduate degrees, as well as joint honours options in over 20 subjects.

Our wide range of postgraduate degrees provide students with the opportunity to hone in on their particular interests, including a Modern History MA which has the option of studying for a term in Paris.

For the past six years, the School has consistently scored above 90% for student satisfaction on the National Student Survey - reflecting our inspiring teaching, lively and engaging student body and fantastic student support.

The strength of our degrees means that our graduates are highly sought after; the 2014 National Student Survey showed that 85% were in employment or further study shortly after graduation.

The medieval city of Canterbury is the ideal setting for the study of history, with its heritage apparent in its ancient streets and buildings. Kent is also a unique geographical location for the study of military history, with its significant sites ranging from Roman forts to a Cold War nuclear bunker.

This school offers programs in:
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MA American Studies

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Called Durovernum by the Romans, Canterbury is a city steeped in history and as such makes a stimulating environment for [+]

We asked our students why they would recommend choosing American Studies at Kent. Here are their top five reasons: 1) The variety of modules to choose from, ranging from Literature, History, Politics, Film etc, and the seminars are relatively small in numbers. 2) The fact that it is a varied programme gives you a chance to meet many different American Studies Lecturers/staff, who are very helpful, approachable and looking out for our best interests... 3) ... and you learn to write essays in different styles, whether it be History, Literature or Politics. 4) It’s great, too, to have a choice of programme pathways, including History, Literature Or Latin American pathways. 5) And of course the choice of a year or semester abroad, with a huge variety of destinations is a perennial attraction. Oh, and we can’t count, so: 6) This is also quite a small centre, which allows lecturers/students to get to know one another. Location The School of History is based at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus. Called Durovernum by the Romans, Canterbury is a city steeped in history and as such makes a stimulating environment for anyone wishing to study the past. The green and leafy campus is situated on a hill overlooking the city, and is conveniently located for travel to both London and the continent. The resources available to undergraduates are also excellent. Historians gain access to a wealth of books, journals and other resources through the university's Templeman Library (which is home to over a million items, and the British Cartoon Archive), alongside privileged access to the Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives. This represents an opportunity to work with a range of top-quality primary sources - such as the Cathedral's unique collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts. Entry Requirements Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject. 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. [-]

MA Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

This unique interdisciplinary programme provides the opportunity for intensive historical, literary or art-historical study. It challenges students to engage with the evidence and methods of different disciplines [+]

This unique interdisciplinary programme provides the opportunity for intensive historical, literary or art-historical study. It challenges students to engage with the evidence and methods of different disciplines in order to equip them with the wide range of research techniques crucial for studying the period. The MA provides a thorough grounding in the skills required for advanced study in the medieval and early modern periods, as well as a core course in interdisciplinary study and an exciting and varied range of optional modules. In addition, students produce a final dissertation of 12-15,000 words, for which they receive one-to-one supervision. Location The School of History is based at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus. Called Durovernum by the Romans, Canterbury is a city steeped in history and as such makes a stimulating environment for anyone wishing to study the past. The green and leafy campus is situated on a hill overlooking the city, and is conveniently located for travel to both London and the continent. Entry Requirements Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject. 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. [-]

MA Modern History

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

Launched in 2009, this popular MA programme focuses on the period c1500-2000, and draws on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of taught modules, allowing postgraduates to [+]

Launched in 2009, this popular MA programme focuses on the period c1500-2000, and draws on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of taught modules, allowing postgraduates to tailor the programme to their interests. Students learn from academics regarded as experts in their fields and research areas, and develop their capacity to think critically about past events, their approach to primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives and strive to understand the complex issues surrounding context and significance. In addition, students engage with the wider historiography and discourse associated with their studies, understanding the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period. Entry - 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. Attendance Taught Full time or Part time, from September [-]

MA Modern History, Paris

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury France Paris + 2 more

This MA programme was launched in September 2011, and provides the opportunity to study in two beautiful and historic European cities – Canterbury [+]

This MA programme was launched in September 2011, and provides the opportunity to study in two beautiful and historic European cities – Canterbury and Paris. Building on the success of the popular Modern History MA programme, it focuses on the period c1500-2000, and draws on the considerable range of expertise within the School to offer a broad selection of taught modules, allowing postgraduates to tailor the programme to their interests. Students spend their first term at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities, before relocating to our Paris campus for the spring term, studying in the heart of historic Montparnasse. There, students take a Paris-specific history module and can choose between an historical independent research essay or select a ‘wild' option from the range of humanities modules offered in Paris. All teaching is provided in English by University of Kent academics, regarded as experts in their fields and research areas. Students develop skills of critical analysis, work with primary and secondary sources from varying perspectives and strive to understand complex issues surrounding context and significance. They also engage with the wider historiography and discourse associated with their studies in order to understand the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period. Entry 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. Attendance Taught: Full time or Part time, from September [-]

MA Science, Medicine, Environment & Technology

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

This postgraduate course is unique in teaching the collective history of science, medicine, environment and technology. It is also unique as it offers modules that combine imperial, ethical, and military history [+]

This postgraduate course is unique in teaching the collective history of science, medicine, environment and technology. It is also unique as it offers modules that combine imperial, ethical, and military history with general areas of history of science and medicine. Students learn from experts working in these diverse fields and are taught how different societies, cultures, and races have conceptualised disease, reacted to changes in environment and created different technological artefacts and scientific knowledge. Students are introduced to the major and recent historiographical and methodological approaches, are familiarised with the main archives in the UK and encouraged to approach the history of medicine, science, environment and technology from past as well as contemporary concerns. This programme is complemented by the more vocationally-orientated MSc Science, Communication and Society. 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. [-]

MA War, Media & Society

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

This MA programme explores how conflict occurs across a variety of countries and landscapes in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how such conflict is managed and presented through media and propaganda [+]

This MA programme explores how conflict occurs across a variety of countries and landscapes in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how such conflict is managed and presented through media and propaganda up to the present day. The programme takes in different types of conflict, from conventional trench warfare and geopolitical standoffs to guerrilla tactics and civil defence initiatives. It also considers the application of technology in warfare, the impact of the media on public opinion, along with the increasing importance of the ‘homefront’ in twentieth-century warfare. The core module provides a strong interpretative and conceptual backbone to the programme. Module options are rich and diverse, covering such areas as military-media relations, images of the British soldier, military theory, the impact of military conflict on cities, British war films and Nazi propaganda, the nuclear age, Native American culture and warfare, and detailed investigations in specific wars such as the Boer War, the Great War and the Vietnam War. 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. [-]

MSc Science, Communication & Society

Campus Full time September 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury

This MSc is unique amongst science communication programmes in the UK and globally because of the depth of the critical humanities perspectives that it brings to bear on science: history, sociology, ethics and visual arts. Using [+]

’This is a degree of the highest quality’ Prof. Frank Burnet MBE, external examiner, 2009-2013 This MSc is unique amongst science communication programmes in the UK and globally because of the depth of the critical humanities perspectives that it brings to bear on science: history, sociology, ethics and visual arts. Using the latest scholarship, we enable students to get behind contemporary and historic science to understand how knowledge is created and consumed within society. The course also features visiting professionals from a range of sectors (medical writing, journalism, arts, museums). Practical and creative assessments harness students' developing knowledge to create a portfolio of skills that are highly valued by employers. There is a particular focus on developing excellence in writing. The MSc in Science, Communication and Society complements our more straightforward MA in History of Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine. If you are interested in the history of science or STS, you might nevertheless choose the MSc for its focus on practical and marketable skills, and for the route that it provides between an academic study of the history of science and related careers (museums, policy, lobbying, NGOs). However, the route to further study in history of science remains open; the programme’s graduates have gone into PhDs in history of science, PhDs in science policy or science communication, as well as professional work in a variety of science communication sectors. Entry Requirements Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject. 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. [-]

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MA First World War Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 year

This new MA programme explores the military, cultural, political and social history of the First World War, introducing you to advanced concepts of historiography and cultural theory. [+]

New for 2015, this MA features a compulsory module, ‘The First World War: History and Memory’, which is interdisciplinary in nature, and aims to reinforce the different intellectual approaches to the war. In addition you will study a further core module; 'Methods and Interpretations of Historical Research', which will encourage you to consider history as a wider discipline and to broaden your approach to evidence and interpretation. Further information and additional module choices can be found here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/history/courses/postgraduate/taught/first-world-war-studies.html#!structure [-]

MA Imperial History

Campus Full time Part time 1 year

This MA programme, new for 2016, 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. Led by five specialists in the School of History, 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. [-]

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Address CT2 7NX Canterbury, United Kingdom
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University of Kent at Paris

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75006 Paris, France
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