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Eighteenth Century Studies is taught with the British Museum and by teachers from eight departments in the School of Arts & Humanities. Explore constructions of the Enlightenment through race, gender, class, intellectual networks and material culture. Analyse ideas, objects, texts and arts. Access to unique, diverse and rich collections. Ideal foundation for PhD study.
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 email 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.
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 is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
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 School 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.
Seminars; study sessions in museums and galleries; research skill workshops and visits to cultural institutions. Core and optional modules assessed by coursework, plus a dissertation.
Representing the 18th Century
Options may include:
The Body & Society in Early Modern Europe (History Department)
Religion, Science & the Production of Knowledge (History Department)
Life Writings 1700-1850 (English Department)
The Construction of Modern Heroism (History Department)
Melancholia and Hypochondria in the 18th Century (German Department)
Imagined Communities: Utopian Discourse & Political Dissent (French Department)
Women and the Poetics of Liberty (English Department)
Political Thought in the British Atlantic World (History Department)
It is expected that some students will go on to research, while other possible roles might be in arts administration.
In the heart of London
Find out more about the Eighteenth Century Studies masters at King's
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*
£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.
The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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