University of Kent

University of Kent

Imperial History

This programme allows students to examine key themes and regions in the making of world history, from the 18th-century to the present day.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject (eg, politics, international relations, archaeology). In certain circumstances, the School considers candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Course modules

Modules include: Methods and interpretations in historical research; themes in imperial and international; dissertation.
Optional modules: an intimate history of the British empire; war and nation: the challenges of state formation in post-colonial Latin America; Britain and the modern world: imperialism, industrialisation and capitalism, 1800-1914; Europe in crisis, 1900-1925; no end of a lesson: Britain and the boer war; writing of empire and settlement; extremes of feeling: literature and empire in the eighteenth century; colonial and postcolonial discourses; the cold war in Africa.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework and a 15,000 word dissertation, which will count for 1/3 of the final grade.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

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