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 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
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Our Eighteenth-Century Studies MA is offered jointly by King’s and the British Museum. This collaboration means that we can draw on the expertise of scholars from eight departments in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s and senior staff at the British Museum to offer exciting opportunities to explore 18th-century textual, material and visual cultures.This MA consists of a 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 is taught in part by experts from the British Museum, with special reference to the Enlightenment Gallery and its history. 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 and, thanks to our unique collaboration with the British Museum, you will have the opportunity to research a wealth of 18th-century materials under the guidance of world-leading curators and experts.If you are considering continuing to a PhD, or if you are looking to deepen your understanding of the 18th century through creative, interdisciplinary study, we particularly encourage you to apply.
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.
AssessmentWe assess our modules entirely through coursework, normally in the form of a 4,000-word essay. Your dissertation will consist of a 15,000-word essay.
Regulating bodyKing’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.
You are required to take:
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 £60 applies.
You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
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 2019/20 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 2020/21.
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.
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 the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
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