Early Modern History, M.A. | King's College London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
26160 GBP/year
11760 GBP/year
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The Early Modern History course at King's College London offers you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of study options at one of Europe’s leading History departments.


The Early Modern History course at King's College London is taught by experts in the histories of the Reformation and the Enlightenment, gender, the material world of the Renaissance, race and racism, and on Britain, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the Iberian world. Their research connects the political and the social, the cultural and the religious dimensions of the early modern world, and our course will give you interdisciplinary perspectives on early modern history.

Our course looks at the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world between c.1500–1800, highlighting themes of political, cultural, religious and social history.

You will write a dissertation at the end of your course, but you will begin by testing concepts such as identity, mentality, religion; by challenging models of change including modernization, state-building, the civilising process, reformation, enlightenment and revolution; and by trying out different methodologies such as cultural history, gender, thinking with material objects, global history, using digital data.

Key benefits

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the top five departments of history in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. King’s is ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).
  • A wide set of optional modules all taught by established experts in the field
  • A rigorous core course that trains students in historical research in archives, manuscripts, print and objects.
  • Central London location and staff expertise offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.
  • Vibrant research culture of seminars, workshops and conferences in the department and at the Institute of Historical Research, in which students are encouraged to participate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Early Modern History 
  • Advanced Skills for Historians 
  • Power, Identity & Religion: Reformations in England & Europe 
  • Ritual in Early Modern Society 
  • Body & Society in Early Modern Europe 
  • From Hume to Darwin: God, Man & Nature in European Thought 
  • Liberty, Reason & the State: British Moral & Political Thought in Early-modernity 
  • Inequality in World History 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in History or a related humanities or social science subject. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
  • You are required to submit an academic essay sample of 2000-4000 words as part of your application.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26160 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11760 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11760 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time:

  • National: £5,880  per year
  • International: £13,080  per year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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