At Kent’s School of History, you are taught by top academic staff who value your opinions and encourage you to study widely. Military history forms the main thrust of the programme, an area often sidelined by similar courses, with modules reflecting our research interests, which range from war and culture to the evolution of tank warfare.
The University of Kent is in a unique geographic position to study war and its effects. Canterbury and Kent have been ‘Frontline Britain’ in British military history and contain significant military sites, ranging from Roman forts to Cold War nuclear bunkers. We have easy access to the continent, particularly the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.Our degree programme
In addition to Military History modules, you can select modules from our diverse pool of History modules.
In your first year, you take introductory modules on military history. You choose further options from a wide selection which includes modules on medieval Europe, Vikings, the history of empires, and the ‘Home Front’ in the Second World War.
In your second and final years, there are no compulsory modules, which means you can focus on areas of particular interest to you. Modules available cover topics from the Crusades to the decline and fall of the Soviet Union, and include options on Napoleon and Europe, the British army and empire, and the origins of the Second World War. It is also possible to apply for a work placement at the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham.
In your final year, you complete a dissertation within the field of military history on a subject of your choice. This gives you the opportunity to independently design a project and conduct research under the supervision of a member of academic staff.Professional Placement Year
It is possible to take this programme with a work placement between the second and final year of your degree – this can provide valuable work experience and the chance to gain new skills. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply. See Course structure.Study resources
The University library has a vast collection of relevant material, including:
You can get involved with the student-run Military History and History societies, which in previous years have organised lectures, social events and trips across Europe.
The School of History also organises talks from visiting speakers that you are welcome to attend. In addition, there are regular careers workshops and visits from successful alumni.Professional partnerships
Over the years, the School has forged close relationships with historians at several institutions, including:
We also have close links with the National Army Museum and the Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive.
In The Guardian University Guide 2018, over 93% of History students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.
For graduate prospects, History at Kent was ranked 12th in The Times Good University Guide 2018 and 13th in The Guardian University Guide 2018. Of History students who graduated in 2016, 96% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
For indicative modules and course structure please visit the course website. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed on our website. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
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