Early Modern Studies MA
The Early Modern Studies MA brings together a group of internationally renowned scholars from numerous disciplines and offers world-leading skills training for research. There are more than forty optional courses covering diverse aspects of the various cultural, historical, economic and social changes that took place in the period 1450–1800.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 past and its culture, in order to equip students with critical reading skills, an ability to assess and weight evidence, and construct persuasive arguments on topic in different aspects of the field 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.
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.
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Several funding options are possible for applicants including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards and UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree 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 1 August 2014.
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
This new programme aims to train future generations of researchers to be able to work with manuscripts and early printed books from the premodern period, whether as university researchers or in the heritage and cultural industries.
The first cohort of students on the Early Modern Studies MA will graduate after 2013; therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.
Two of our students have been accepted to undertake further study as research students at UCL. In addition one of our students was the recipient of the prestigeous John Edward Kerry prize awarded by the Malone Society.
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