Tuition fees (2015/16)
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,755
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,375
- Overseas Full-time: £17,250
- Overseas Part-time: £8,755
Early Modern Studies MA
The Early Modern Studies MA brings together internationally renowned scholars from numerous disciplines, offering world-leading skills training for research and a wide variety of optional modules. With more than forty options available, covering diverse aspects of the various cultural, historical, economic and social changes that took place in the period 1450–1800, the programme offers the flexibility to tailor it to your own interests.
What will I learn?
The MA combines training in book history, bibliography, and paleography with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the Renaissance and early modern period equipping students with critical reading skills, an ability to assess and weight evidence, and construct persuasive arguments on topics in all areas of early modern studies.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
A defining feature of this interdisciplinary programme is the geographical, linguistic and global reach of the expertise and specialisms of teaching staff.
UCL's strengths in early modern studies are found in departments from English, French, German, History, Italian, Spanish, the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, to the History and Philosophy of Science, Centre for the History of Medicine, Law and History of Art.
Located in Bloomsbury, we are just a few minutes walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research, as well as world-class museums and galleries.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core course (30 credits), between two (30 credits each) and four (15 credits each) options drawn from a long list (totalling 60 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 18,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of tutorials, seminars, workshops, presentations, class discussions and library, archive, museum and gallery visits. Assessment is through essays, annotated bibliography and the dissertation.
Students accepted onto the course take a Core Course (30 credits), two options drawn from a long list in each term or over two terms (15/30 credits each to a total of 60 credits) and do an 18,000 word dissertation (90 credits).
This MA forms one of a group of related postgraduate
courses at UCL. Students interested in it may also be interested in
these other MAs at UCL and have the possibility of choosing their
options from them:
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at students with a good degree in a relevant subject who wish to gain the key bibliography, paleography and research skills necessary for a future career in academia or in the heritage or cultural industries.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Early Modern Studies at graduate level
- why you want to study Early Modern Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Several funding options are possible for applicants including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards and UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships
A small number of studentships are available in languages, see the School of European Languages Culture and Society funding page.
340 £10,000 bursaries available for Master’s study at UCL
UCL has been awarded around 340 bursaries of £10,000 each as part of
the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s 2015 Postgraduate
Many of our students have been accepted to undertake further study as research students both at UCL and elsewhere, including the Universities of Cambridge and York. In addition our students have been successful in obtaining funding and prizes including the Bryce-Jebb and Dorris Russell Scholarships and the prestigeous John Edward Kerry Prize awarded by the Malone Society.