King’s College London is internationally famous as a centre for the study of world history. The Department of History at King’s has the most comprehensive coverage of the history of the European seaborne empires of any university in the United Kingdom, including leading scholars of the British, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Dutch empires. It also has key figures in the study of South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and two historians of Australia. Its Rhodes professorship of Imperial history is the second oldest endowed chair for the study of imperial and global history in the Anglophone world and the Charles Boxer professorship is Britain’s most distinguished chair in the history of the Portuguese empire. Other scholars in the departments of War Studies, French, English, Music and Film Studies also work on problems in international history.
The MA World History & Cultures offers graduate students a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the history of worldwide cultural, political and economic interaction, and to the world historical aspects of other disciplines in the Arts & Humanities. The programme develops students’ understanding of the global networks, power relations and cultural interactions that made the modern world, giving them the opportunity to examine global power relations in local situations.