School of Advanced Study

Course Introduction

This course addresses the legacies of decolonisation on contemporary nation and state'building around the world. Students are introduced to debates about decolonisation and its relationship with modernity, addressing the question of how the end of empire has shaped the modern world. The course examines the nature of decolonisation in comparative perspective, looking at the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Belgian empires, rather than limiting the study of empire to a few case studies or to a single colonial power.

Course Modules

Core modules include: Historical research skills (with the institute of historical research); European decolonisation in the 20th century; ethnicity, nationalism, liberation and identity: The view from the extra'European world; option modules include: Diplomacy and decolonisation; geopolitics and decolonisation; policing, intelligence and counter'insurgency; decolonisation, nation'state building and development.

Course Additional Entry

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a Grade Point Average [GPA] of 3.0 or higher). Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, are welcome. All students whose 1st language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence (gained in the last 2 years) that their written and spoken English language is adequate for postgraduate study. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying and living in the UK.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,550  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,650  Whole course. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,360  Academic year. First year home fees