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Fees and funding
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Research Assessment Rating
Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
European Culture and Thought: Culture MA
This interdisciplinary degree allows the investigation of diverse aspects of literature, cinema, history of art, and cultural history and thought. The Centre for European Studies 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.
What will I learn?
The programme aims to equip students with the skills, methods, concepts and theories essential for most fields of European culture, society and thought, ranging across the events, traditions and texts of the entire continent. Students learn how to present material effectively, to analyse texts critically and to construct coherent arguments.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for European Studies at UCL is in a unique position to combine a broad programme of study that unites the arts, humanities, and social and historical sciences, with immediate and easy access to the unrivalled cultural treasures and library holdings of London.
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.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Two pathways are offered: Taught and Research. Taught: Core module (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: Optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or part-time two years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months, part-time six months) is offered.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words (taught pathway) or 18,000 words (research pathway).
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. All students receive guidance on how to identify, locate and use material available in libraries and archives. Students are assessed through a combination of coursework in the form of essays, unseen written examinations and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
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. Students select either the taught or the research pathway depending on their personal focus and aspirations.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study European Culture at graduate level
- why you want to study European Culture 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.
Many graduates of the programme have gone on to further study at UCL and other institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, London Consortium, Birkbeck College and the Louvre Museum.
First career destinations of recent graduates include:
- Association for Jewish Refugees: Transcriber in Research
- Berlinverlag: Traineeship in Publishing
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: