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
- 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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
Top career destinations for this programme
- W.I.R.E, Research Journalist, 2010
- IGraduate, Account Manager, 2010
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.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mr Joseph Taylor
T: +44 (0)20 7679 3096
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