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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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 20/65

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 £12,504; overseas £19,344

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme

Application deadline: None – rolling admission