Early Modern Studies MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Early Modern Studies MA offers an innovative blend of essential skills training for research (paleography and historical bibliography), object-based learning and museum visits. The core modules cover a wide range of disciplines, giving you a broad understanding of the early modern period. You can then tailor your programme to suit your interests, with over thirty optional modules, covering early modern culture, history and society.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
£6,450
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The MA will teach you critical reading skills, the ability to assess and weigh evidence, and construct persuasive arguments. It combines training in book history, bibliography, and paleography with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the early modern period.

Who this course is for

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 this course will give you

This is a bespoke programme of study, unique to your interests with several optional modules, all taught by leading scholars, in a wide range of subjects including art, history, law, literature, politics and science.

Practical, hands-on modules, with `traditional skills such as palaeography and textual bibliography are taught alongside the latest techniques in databases and XML. The programme includes field trips to museums, archives and galleries.

Our central London location provides privileged access to a wide range of world-class museums, rare-books libraries and archives. Located in Bloomsbury, it is a short walk to the exceptional resources of the British Library and the British Museum.

The foundation of your career

This MA will give you a very specific skill set, including archival research skills. Depending on the optional modules you select you may also develop manuscript handling skills, language skills and knowledge in information technologies and database use.

Employability

Graduates may find employment within the cultural or heritage sector, as well as library work, the arts, and other roles which require intensive research and/or information management. Many graduates have been accepted to undertake further study as research students both at UCL and elsewhere.

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.

Modules

Full-time

Full-time structure

In term 1, you will take two compulsory modules: one will cover a range of disciplines, helping you identify areas of interest for further study; the other will cover the skills required for archival research, focusing on palaeography and bibliography.

You will have the opportunity to take elective modules from other UCL departments to develop your personal interests. These modules set the foundation for the whole Master's, preparing you for further learning and for your dissertation. You will be exposed to concepts of research design and research methods, thus gaining the necessary knowledge to develop your research proposal.

In term 2, you will study a second compulsory module, covering a new set of subject areas. Along with further optional or elective modules this will give you a broad understanding of the early modern period, and further develop key concepts learnt in term 1. During term 2, you will also start formulating your dissertation proposal.

In term 3, you will be developing your dissertation outline and structure, with support from your supervisor. You will give a presentation to your peers and tutors on your dissertation proposal to help cement your argument and subject areas to cover. You will then spend the summer researching and finally writing your dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Part-time

Part-time structure

In year 1 you will take all the compulsory modules: two will cover a range of disciplines, helping you identify areas of interest for further study; the other will cover the skills required for archival research, focusing on palaeography and bibliography. You can also take an elective module from another UCL department to develop your personal interests. These modules set the foundation for the whole Master's, preparing you for further learning and for your dissertation. You will be exposed to concepts of research design and research methods, thus gaining the necessary knowledge to develop your research proposal.

In year 2 you will take two further optional or elective modules, to develop your broader understanding of the early modern period, and further develop key concepts learnt in year 1. You will also formulate and develop your dissertation outline and structure, with support from your supervisor. You will give a presentation to your peers and tutors on your dissertation proposal to help cement your argument and subject areas to cover. You will then spend the summer researching and finally writing your dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Optional modules



Fiction and the Archives: Writing and Rewriting of Criminal Stories in Early Modern France

Identity and Performance in Renaissance Italy


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Early Modern Studies.

Accessibility

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Online - Open day

Introduction to MA Early Modern Studies

This MA programme is very hands-on, with a combination of tutorials, workshops, discussions and library, archive, museum and gallery visits.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Several funding options are possible for applicants including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards and UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-languages-culture/programmes-courses/postgraduate-taught/funding-scholarships-and-prizes-masters

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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