Study the eighteenth century on a course co-taught by lecturers from eight different departments across Arts & Humanities, with sessions also led by experts in museums and galleries across London, 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.
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 Dr Rowan BoysonDr Emrys Jones
Dr Rowan BoysonDr Emrys Jones
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
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of English
Department of French
Department of German
Department of History
Department of Music
Department of Philosophy
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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This MA consists of one required module, a dissertation and (normally) four modules chosen from a wide range of options, including modules taught by the Departments of English, History, Comparative Literature, French, German, Music and Philosophy. The required module Representing the Eighteenth Century explores constructions of Enlightenment, then and now, through frameworks such as race, gender, class, the body and intellectual networks. You will learn about the ideas of the Enlightenment and how it has been regarded subsequently. We will teach you how to analyse ideas, objects, texts and arts of the 18th century.
TeachingIf you are a full-time student, we will provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through 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 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.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
AssessmentYour performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays, book reviews and commentaries on material culture. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.
LocationThis course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London means you will be able to engage with the unique, diverse and rich collections of the cultural institutions in central London. You will benefit from studying in one of the world’s most vibrant and internationally connected cultural centres.
Regulating bodyKing’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
You are required to take:
In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:
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. In your second year you will take your dissertation module, along with a further 40 credits of optional modules.
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.
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).
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
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 apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.
You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.
Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.
If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.
Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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.
In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
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