Our Eighteenth-Century Studies course is co-taught by lecturers from different departments across Arts & Humanities, with some sessions also led by experts in museums and galleries across London, making it a degree which looks broadly and deeply at the eighteenth century. The core focus on ideas, objects, texts and arts enables you to explore the Enlightenment through concepts of race, gender, class; intellectual networks and material culture; visual arts and literature, and encourages you to use the unique, diverse and rich collections in central London, all close to King’s, including the National Portrait Gallery, 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.
If 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.
We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your 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.
This 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.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
You are required to take:
• Representing the Eighteenth Century (40 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)
In addition, you are required to take 80 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:
• The Body & Society in Early Modern Europe (20 Credits)
• Ritual in Early Modern Society (20 credits)
• The World Novel (20 credits)
• London: Great Fire to Great Exhibition (20 credits)
• Poetic Movements, Poetics Moods 1660–1800 (20 credits)
• Rights before Human Rights: Eighteenth Century Theories & Representations (20 credits)
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. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:
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.
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 deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.
In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:
· books if you choose to buy your own copies
· library fees and fines
· personal photocopies
· printing course handouts
· society membership fees
· travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
· graduation costs
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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