Institute of Commonwealth Studies launches new degree exploring the legacies of European empires

Thursday 19 March 2015

 The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce the launch of a  new Master's degree in The Making of the Modern World, which is aimed  at anyone interested in understanding how the legacies of imperialism and post-colonialism have shaped the world we live in.

 Starting in October 2015, the degree will introduce students to debates about  decolonisation and its legacies. Rather than limiting the study of empire to a few  case studies or to a single colonial power, it will encourage students to explore  the British, French Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Belgian empires in  comparative perspective.

 "The MA in The Making of the Modern World explores the fundamental question of how the decline of European empires has shaped the 20th century, and beyond", said Professor Philip Murphy, Director of ICWS. 

"Students will explore debates about decolonisation and its relationship with modernity. At a time when the legacies of empire are still being felt, not just in the former colonies, but at the heart of former colonial powers themselves – as seen with the UK government’s settlement to Mau Mau torture survivors – we are delighted to be offering this timely and innovative degree."

For the duration of this degree, students will have direct access to ICWS’s academics with world-leading expertise in this area. By providing a foundation for students who wish to expand their knowledge of international history, politics and society, this advanced degree is designed to be a stepping-stone to a research career as well as to improving students’ employability.

Dr Sue Onslow, an ICWS senior research fellow who will teach on the degree, said it is an intellectually stimulating MA that "will provide students with skills essential to a range of careers. These include interviewing and assessment techniques, oral and archival research, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and the critical assessment of sources of information. The in-depth knowledge gained about development and post-colonial paths to modernity will equip graduates for varied work - in international organisations, the media, and in policy."

In common with other Masters programmes, The Making of the Modern World will offer intense and challenging content and learning. Students have the option to study part or full-time. Applications should be made by 31 August 2015.