European Culture and Thought: Culture MA

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


This interdisciplinary degree allows the investigation of diverse aspects of literature, cinema, history of art, and cultural history and thought. The Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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?

Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) 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 Fran├žais, 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.


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.

Core Modules

  • Topics in Cultural Studies (Taught Pathway Only)

Options

  • Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
  • Modern Literary Theory
  • Comparative Literature Studies
  • Social Theory
  • Topics in Cultural Studies (research pathway only)
  • Graduate Courses from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Graduate Courses from the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
  • Graduate Courses from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Dissertation/report

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:


Funding

Those applying for UCL scholarships shoud take note of relevant deadlines.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

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 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

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 Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) 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

Top career destinations for this programme

  • W.I.R.E, Research Journalist, 2010
  • IGraduate, Account Manager, 2010

Employability

Postgraduates from this MA have used their extensive knowledge and understanding of European institutions, policies and society to obtain positions within the European Union. The high level of interdisciplinary training and research skills offered by the programme have equipped others for positions as researchers in UK and European universities, museums and non-governmental agencies. The emphasis on written and verbal communication, collation and presentation of research and analysis have provided transferable skills for the fields of accountancy, law and PR.


Next steps

Contact

Admissions Officer

Mr Joseph Tilley

T: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Administrator

Ms Patrizia Oliver

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7024

Department

Centre for Multi-disciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry

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