Cold War History


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  • A unique degree that focuses specifically on the Cold War
  • Become part of Roehampton's Contemporary History Research Group
  • Learn about the Cold War from a global perspective, its politics, history and consequences on modern life
  • Become part of an inclusive and welcoming research community


On this MA Cold War History degree you will gain a deep and thorough understanding of twentieth century Cold War history with a particular emphasis on how the most recent past has shaped our present times.

Nearly thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and in light of tumultuous international relations between China, Russia, and the United States, you will re-evaluate the origins and legacies of the Cold War, learning advanced research skills, project management, and critical thinking as you do so.

Roehampton offers expertise over an extensive geographical range, from the Americas to Europe, the Soviet Union, Africa, and the Pacific region. We also allow you to choose historical themes and events you wish to specialise in. You will be taught by leading scholars of the Cold War.Roehampton’s historians shape research in their field and you will develop and pursue research questions with these scholars.

You will develop your research skills, using digital technologies as well as traditional methods; crucial training for research in the twenty-first century. You will work closely with Roehampton’s Contemporary History Research Group, and will have the opportunity to join its meetings, in which all twentieth century historians of the department discuss their current research. This close connection allows you to participate in scholarly debates and benefit from research-led teaching.

Our south west London location is close to the National Archives at Kew, the British Library, and other leading archival collections and the extensive resources the rest of London has to offer. Our new University Library holds over 290,000 books and journals, including extensive collections and archives. Our online learning environment enables you to access books, articles, and primary documents from wherever you are in the world.


You will take two core skills modules, which are designed to sharpen your research abilities and fully acquaint you with a range of historical literature on key-approaches to modern history. You will also take one module each semester that provides you with an in-depth analysis of the history of the Cold War, twentieth-century ideologies, political economy, cultural connections, as well as alternative networks to the superpower conflict emanating from all parts of the world, including the global South.

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation in which you examine a particular research question in twentieth century history under the supervision of an expert in the field.

You will be taught in small seminar groups and will have one-to-one sessions with your supervisor, who will be assigned based on your research interests to develop your dissertation topic in conversation with you.

Graduates will develop knowledge and skills ideal for further academic study, and also for future employment in politics, journalism and media work, NGO and charity work, creative and heritage industries, e.g. publishing, museums and archives, or any sector that requires effective research and communication skills.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.