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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Strand Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 17-JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Our Eighteenth-Century Studies course is co-taught by lecturers from different departments across Arts & Humanities, with some sessions also led by experts in museums and galleries across London, making it a degree which looks broadly and deeply at the eighteenth century. The core focus on ideas, objects, texts and arts enables you to explore the Enlightenment through concepts of race, gender, class; intellectual networks and material culture; visual arts and literature, and encourages you to use the unique, diverse and rich collections in central London, all close to King’s, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Foundling Museum, and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Course detail

This MA consists of one required module, a dissertation and (normally) four modules chosen from a wide range of options, including modules taught by the Departments of English, History, Comparative Literature, French, German, Music and Philosophy. The required module Representing the Eighteenth Century explores constructions of Enlightenment, then and now, through frameworks such as race, gender, class, the body and intellectual networks. You will learn about the ideas of the Enlightenment and how it has been regarded subsequently. We will teach you how to analyse ideas, objects, texts and arts of the 18th century.

Teaching and assessment

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. Your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays, book reviews and commentaries on material culture. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.

Career prospects

We expect that some of our graduates will go on to research and further education, while others will transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in sectors such as arts administration.

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

King's College London, University of London

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  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 106 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    168 82%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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