Contemporary History and Politics (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to July

Other entry years for this course


This Master's degree will give you a deeper understanding of the recent past and the contemporary world, and will help you to develop the approaches, techniques and skills of professional historians.

You will study the interplay between national, international and global forces that have shaped the contemporary world. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the degree lays a strong emphasis on the critical analysis of the recent past, giving you specialist knowledge of particular regions and themes. The introductory compulsory module offers an in-depth exploration of the methodological, conceptual and theoretical background necessary for historical study at postgraduate level. It also considers specific topics and questions in contemporary history and politics, such as nationalism, empires and migration.

You can then choose from an impressive range of option modules, offered by the Department of Politics and by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology. These options cover a very wide sweep of political ideas and systems, historical periods and geographical places, including the United States, the Middle East and Europe.

Students will also undertake training in research skills to prepare for a dissertation on a subject  devised by themselves, with personal guidance from their academic supervisor.

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