Location: Canterbury


You learn from academics regarded as experts in their fields and research areas. You develop your capacity to think critically about past events, approach primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives and strive to understand the complex issues surrounding context and significance. In addition, you engage with the wider historiography and discourse associated with your studies, understanding the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the ability to understand how people have created and reacted to texts, images and artefacts in the differing contexts of the past and present
  • the origins and development of culture, politics and society in the modern period
  • the structure and nature of cultural, political and social forces in the modern period
  • the ability to understand historical and contemporary texts and materials both critically and empathetically while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose
  • the problems inherent in the historical and contemporary record: a conceptual understanding that enables you to evaluate a range of viewpoints, an awareness of the limitations of knowledge and the dangers of simplistic explanations
  • a comprehensive knowledge of modern history (after 1500), from different perspectives within the discipline of history and relevant disciplines from the social sciences and humanities.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • gathering, organising and deploying critically, evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources
  • the ability to identify, investigate and analyse critically, primary and secondary information
  • to develop reasoned defensible arguments based on reflection, study and critical judgement
  • to differentiate and evaluate arguments
  • to reflect on, and manage, your own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your own performance and personal skills.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • understanding the nature of the socio-economic structures, cultural representations and political events in the modern period, and their significance as a global and historical human activity
  • the application of methods, concepts and theories used in the studies of history and relevant disciplines from the social sciences and humanities
  • the evaluation of different interpretations and sources
  • how to marshall an argument: summarise and defend a particular interpretation or analysis of events.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly, respond to written sources, present information orally, adapt style for different audiences and use images as a communications tool
  • numeracy: the ability to read graphs and tables, integrate numerical and non-numerical information and understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
  • information technology: how to produce written documents, undertake online research, communicate using email, process information using databases and spreadsheets (where necessary)
  • independence of mind and initiative
  • self-discipline and self-motivation
  • the ability to work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views.

This programme aims to:

  • place the study of texts, images and artefacts, in their historical contexts, at the centre of student learning and analysis;
  • ensure that students of modern history (ie history after 1500) acquire knowledge and understanding in the historical modes of theory and analysis
  • enable you to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of modern history in different academic contexts and refine their understanding of the differing and contested aspects between, and within, the relevant disciplines
  • develop your capacities to think critically about past events and experiences
  • encourage you to relate the academic study of modern history to questions of public debate and concern
  • promote a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate
  • assist you to develop cognitive and transferable skills relevant to your vocational and personal development.
MA Award
Full-time Study Mode
12 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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.

Please also see our general entry requirements at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/apply/entry.html

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