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European Culture and Thought: Thought MA
This interdisciplinary MA promotes the understanding of Europe in its political, social and philosophical dimensions. Choosing specialisms within European thought, society, history and politics you will develop discipline-specific skills and regional expertise, while the interdisciplinary programme structure encourages you to think across boundaries, gaining an expansive overview of the continent.
What will I learn?
From Marx to Foucault, Bakhtin to Durkheim, European thinkers have helped to influence the ways in which we understand texts and communication, individuals and societies. This pathway encourages graduates to investigate a panoply of ideas and theories, and their applications.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for European Studies (CES) at UCL is unique in offering graduate students the opportunity to investigate Europe in its entirety, from European integration and public policy to European cinema and poetry.
The central London location offers easy access to the British Library, British Museum, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, German Historical Institute, Goethe Institute, Institut Français, and other similar research and cultural centres.
Less than three hours away from Brussels and Paris, nowhere enjoys such a range of resources and such a favourable location for the study of Europe.
- EUROG099 - Dissertation (60 credits)
- CLIT001 - Modern Literary Theory (30 credits)
- EUROG005 - Social Theory (30 credits)
- EUROG099 - Dissertation (90 credits)
60 credits from:
Optional modules (30 credits each):
A maximum of 60 credits of optional modules may be taken for both Taught and Research pathways - the exact amount will depend on how many of the above core courses are taken.
Students on this MA programme often choose modules in the following areas of study. All modules listed below are indicative and may not be taught each year.
- Art and the Moving Image
- Materiality and Media in European Culture
- Weimar and Nazi Film
- Documentary making
- Masculinity in Cinematic Adaptations
- The French New Wave
- Topics in Greek Philosophy
- Crisis and Future in 19th Century Thought
- Adorno: Politics and Art
- Bakhtin and Others: Alterity, Identity and dialogue
- Modern Theories of Community
- Political Theologies in the Early Modern and the Postmodern Eras
- Gender, Race and Sexuality in Francophone Literature
- Dante: Divina Commedia
- Representations of Trauma: Holocaust Writings
- The Boundaries of Identity: Loss and Creativity
- Mourning and Otherness: Medieval and Modern Perspectives on Dealing with Loss
- Apocalypse Literature: From Romanticism to the Millennium
- Cultural Heritage and Development
- Cultural Memory
- Modern German Art: A Cultural History
- Witches in history, Fiction and Scholarship
- Gender and Knowledge in History
- Cultural, Visual and Historical Representations in France, 1598-1889
Politics and Public Policy
- Comparative Political Economy
- International Organisations
- Democracy and Citizenship
- Policy Making and Regulation in Europe
- Equality, Justice and Difference
Heath and Humanities
(Modules from the MA China: Health and Humanities)
Both pathways should total 180 credits.
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Applicants are advised to apply as early as they are able. Those applying for UCL scholarships should take note of relevant deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a wide range of interests within a flexible combination of core and optional courses. The interdisciplinary structure of the degree will appeal to students who wish to be introduced to new and intellectually demanding areas of European Studies.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study European Thought at graduate level
- why you want to study European Thought 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
The MPhil and PhD degrees often follow on from a Master's programme: both the taught and research pathways of the MAs offered by the Centre for European Studies are intended to allow this type of progression, as well as standing as degrees in their own right. Outside academia, potential careers may include politics, business, commerce, teaching, public relations, or journalism.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: