Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The Making of the Modern World

This course addresses the legacies of decolonisation on contemporary nation and state-building around the world. Students are introduced to debates about decolonisation and its relationship with modernity, addressing the question of how the end of empire has shaped the modern world. The course examines the nature of decolonisation in comparative perspective, looking at the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Belgian empires, rather than limiting the study of empire to a few case studies or to a single colonial power.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a Grade Point Average [GPA] of 3.0 or higher). Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, are welcome. All students whose 1st language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence (gained in the last 2 years) that their written and spoken English language is adequate for postgraduate study. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying and living in the UK.

Course modules

Core modules include: Historical research skills (with the institute of historical research); European decolonisation in the 20th century; ethnicity, nationalism, liberation and identity: The view from the extra-European world; option modules include: Diplomacy and decolonisation; geopolitics and decolonisation; policing, intelligence and counter-insurgency; decolonisation, nation-state building and development.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through essays, although class participation also contributes towards assessment. Additional formative assessments include class presentations.

Sponsorship information

The School of Advanced Study (University of London) is a partner institution of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) together with King's College London and UCL. Since 2014, LAHP offers up to 80 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships each year to research students in the arts and humanities studying at 1 of the 3 institutions over the next 7 years. Studentship candidates are advised to apply for a place to study well in advance of the closing deadline for LAHP studentship applications to ensure that they have the opportunity to consult with proposed supervisors in preparing the LAHP studentship application form. It is suggested that candidates make their applications for a place to study in the School by 16 January 2015.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time GBP 7,650 per Whole course (England) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 13,550 per Whole course (International) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 7,650 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 7,650 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 7,650 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time GBP 7,650 per Whole course (EU) 1 years
MA Part-time GBP 4,360 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MA Part-time GBP 4,360 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Part-time GBP 4,360 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time GBP 4,360 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time GBP 4,360 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

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