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MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation

About the MSc programme

This programme focuses on the phenomenon of imperialism and a series of related issues, including technologies and ideologies of empire, notions of race and gender, economic development and underdevelopment, as well as globalisation.

Programme details

Students study a compulsory course designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of empires from the 14th century to the present day, complemented by a wide range of specialist options from the Departments of International Development, Government, Economic History, International History and Geography, as well as the European Institute and the Gender Institute .

Students engage at an advanced level with the latest academic research in the field, and undertake their own research based term papers and third term dissertation.

Compulsory courses

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options. 

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Students develop highly transferable skills valued by employers and go on to work in the foreign service, the EU, political think tanks, risk assessment, journalism, the NGO sector, or stay on to take a research degree.


Application code: V3UE (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 33/93

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme

Application deadline: None – rolling admission