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Eighteenth-Century Studies MA

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Overview

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.


Key benefits

 

  • Unrivalled access to interdisciplinary expertise.
  • Unrivalled location for access to London’s cultural collections.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

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 Boyson
Dr Emrys Jones 

Further details

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 Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department 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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Course detail

Description

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.


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Course format and assessment

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Location

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.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

• Representing the Eighteenth Century (40 credits)

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

18th Century MA entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

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.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

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.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

18th C checklist
Personal Statement Yes

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).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Writing Sample Yes Please include a writing sample of your work of up to 4,000 words preferably on an Eighteenth-Century Studies related topic.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

 

Application closing date

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:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021
Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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 receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

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.

Additional costs/expenses

 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

· stationery

· travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

· graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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