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Our Eighteenth Century Studies course is co- taught with the British Museum in London and by lecturers from eight different departments across Arts & Humanities, making it a truly multi-faceted degree, looking at all aspects of the eighteenth century.
You can explore the Enlightenment through race, gender, class, intellectual networks and material culture; analyse ideas, objects, texts and arts and have access to unique, diverse and rich collections in central London, all close to King’s, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Society, the Foundling Museum, and Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Joint degree with the British Museum
Unrivalled access to British Museum expertise
Unrivalled location for access to London's cultural collections
Located in the heart of London
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake No set number.
Course leaders Elizabeth Eger
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of English
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree or equivalent in any appropriate discipline (e.g. English literature, European literatures, history, music, philosophy, history of art, some social sciences).
Your application will be carefully read by the convenor, and second read where appropriate by a second academic. We do not interview all applicants, but you are welcome to call the programme leader to arrange a visit. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.
Please include a writing sample of your work of up to 4,000 words preferably on an Eighteenth-Century Studies related topic and a personal statement that includes your reasons for applying to the course.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
The MA in Eighteenth Century Studies is offered under the joint auspices of King’s and the British Museum. Drawing on the expertise of scholars from eight Departments in the Faculty of Humanities at King’s, and senior staff at the British Museum, the MA offers exciting opportunities to explore 18th century textual, material and visual cultures.
The MA consists of a core module, a dissertation and (normally) four modules chosen from a wide range of options, including ones taught by the Departments of English, History, Comparative Literature, French, German, Music and Philosophy. The core module is taught in part by experts from the British Museum, with special reference to the Enlightenment Gallery and its history. Students will also be able to engage with the unique, diverse and rich collections of cultural institutions in central London, all close to King’s, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Society, the Foundling Museum, and Sir John Soane’s Museum.
The core module explores constructions of Enlightenment, then and now, through frameworks such as race, gender, class, the body and intellectual networks; it invites students to analyse ideas, objects, texts and arts of the 18th century. A focus on ideas of the Enlightenment and about the Enlightenment is combined with the freedom to research a wealth of 18th century materials under the guidance of world-leading curators and experts.
We particularly welcome applicants who may continue to a PhD, and those looking to deepen their understanding of the 18th century through creative interdisciplinarity.
Provides teaching and research training in a wide variety of disciplines relating to the study of the 18th century. As the programme will be offered jointly with the British Museum special emphasis will be placed on relevant collections held by that institution. Includes opportunities for training in any of the basic technical skills necessary for those who wish to go on to study for a PhD in 18th century subjects.
If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week. We expect you to undertake an additional 34 hours of self-study each week.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with four hours of teaching through lectures and seminars each week in your first year, and two to four hours per week in your second year. We will expect you to undertake 23 hours of independent study each week in your first year and 11 hours in your second.
We assess our modules entirely through coursework, normally in the form of 4,000-word essays. We will assess your dissertation through a 15,000-word essay.
If you are a part-time student, you will take Representing the Eighteenth Century in your first year, along with 40 credits of optional modules from the list below. In your second year you will take your dissertation module, along with a further 40 credits of optional modules.
Choose four modules totalling 80 credits from a list of options that typically includes:
We regularly review the list of modules we offer to make sure our programmes are as relevant and innovative as possible. Therefore, some modules may change, and we recommend that you check here for the most up-to-date information:
We expect that some of our graduates will go on to research and further education, while others will transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in sectors such as arts administration.
In the heart of London
Find out more about the Eighteenth Century Studies masters at King's
£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*
£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*
£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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