More information about the History discipline

History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner.

The study of history helps us understand why the human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people and society have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although History is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.

A student of this discipline will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to assess and explain past changes. This discipline of studies offers a broad perspective that offers flexibility, good analytical skills, good writing and speaking skills, capacity to identify, assess and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills. All these attributes are vital in a number of different occupations in the job market, so a graduate of history has a wide range of jobs that he or she could be fit for.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in International Relations and World History

    This MA programme in International Relations and World History gives you the opportunity to develop your analytical excellence in a field of internationally relevant research. A wide selection of modules allows you to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, who include world-leading experts on China and Asia in general, Africa, Europe and Russia.

  • Master in History

    In today's uncertain world knowledge of the past and of its influence on the present has become increasingly relevant. History is now a staple topic of public discussion, in the media and as a focus for leisure activities. The Kingston History MA presents a unique opportunity for students to combine academic study of the past with a practical focus on public history. Students at Kingston can pursue studies leading to a research degree, an academic career or to wider employment opportunities in the media, heritage and publishing industries.

  • Master in Humanities-Capstone Option

    The Master of Arts in Humanities is based on the great ideas, works, and thinkers that have defined civilization as embodied in the "great books" tradition established at the University of Chicago and now in use at other leading institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Boston University, and Columbia University.

  • Master in Near Eastern Studies

    The Department of Near Eastern Studies has been a leader in the study of the Middle East since 1927 when it was founded as the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures.

  • Master in Eighteenth-Century Studies (Paris Option)

    The MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies offers an intellectually dynamic introduction to one of the most exciting eras in literary history. Grounded in, and administered from, the Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, this is an interdisciplinary programme that builds upon the expertise and common research interests of 18th-century researchers and teachers across the Faculty of Humanities. The Centre provides an excellent research context for the MA and any further postgraduate work that arises from it. The Centre regularly hosts visiting speakers as part of the School of English research seminar programme and hosts day symposia, workshops and international conferences.

  • Master in History-Capstone Option (European History)

    The Master of Arts in History provides its students with an exhaustive array of opportunities to pursue the world’s great personalities, events, nations, trends, periods, conflicts, and markings of progress. The degree program ensures that students will learn about the "big picture" through exposure to four historical perspectives or concentrations in Ancient and Classical, American, European, and Global History, while allowing options to tailor the major to individual needs during graduate study.

  • Master in History-Practicum Option (Ancient and Classical History)

    The Master of Arts in History provides its students with an exhaustive array of opportunities to pursue the world’s great personalities, events, nations, trends, periods, conflicts, and markings of progress. The degree program ensures that students will learn about the "big picture" through exposure to four historical perspectives or concentrations in Ancient and Classical, American, European, and Global History, while allowing options to tailor the major to individual needs during graduate study.

  • Master in Joint Warfare

    The Certificate in Joint Warfare is designed for students interested in the theory and practice of joint operations from the mid-19th to the 20th century. Students explore topics such as contemporary factors influencing planning for combined or joint operations at the strategic and operational levels; doctrinal and technical aspects of command and control as well as differences among the service components.

  • Master in Political Philosophy

    The MA program in Political Philosophy is designed for students interested in philosophical reflection on the most complex and substantial issues underlying contemporary politics. Political Philosophy is a discipline that studies the ways, in which people order their collective life, what good and just society is, and how our critical capacity and individual agency can transform the world we live in.



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