The MA in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies http://ies.sas.ac.uk/) provides an unrivalled base for the study of a subject that has been the focus of increasing scholarly attention over the past 30 years. Originally considering mainly physical aspects of the book and the details of its manufacture and trade, scholars have come to see the study of the book as an aid to understanding literary texts and as a focus for insight into social, cultural and intellectual processes in history. This interdisciplinary programme aims to provide a stimulating range of courses in this new but rapidly growing subject, encompassing the history of literate western culture and focusing not only on books, but also newspapers, magazines, chapbooks, and broadsides. This course will also consider the manuscript of the period before print and enable students to ask what form the book takes in different periods, and how that form develops over time. As a man-made object, the course will further investigate the processes by which it is made. By considering conditions of manufacture, students are lead not only into discussion of the book as physical object, but also the social, economic and cultural relations entailed in a book's production.
Building on the success of the established MA in the History of the book, the Institute introduced a Master of Research. One third coursework, two-thirds research, this distinguished degree will permit an even greater degree of specialism for those who already drawn to a particular period or topic, and assist them in acquiring research skills suitable for progression to MPhil/PhD study.
The opportunities provided for the study of the History of the Book in London under the aegis of the School of Advanced Study and with the participation of so many of London's major institutions are without parallel. By bringing together the expertise which exists in the University of London and the staff of The British Library, the British Museum, The Public Record Office, Lambeth Palace Library, St Bride Printing Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the University of Reading and Stationers' Hall, students will enjoy benefits difficult to achieve anywhere else.
Credit value: 180
The Medieval Book Printed Texts 1450-2010 Research Methodology Optional courses:
Digital Publishing and Book Studies The Book in the Ancient World The Book in Renaissance Italy Textual Scholarship and Contemporary Editorial Theory The Historical Reader: The Practice and Representation of Reading 1400–1900 The Serial and the Book Western Book Structures The Look of the Book Structure (MA): Six taught courses (the Medieval Book and Pinted Texts 1450-2010 and four option courses) plus a dissertation of 15,000 words. Structure (MRes): Three taught courses selected from those available on the MA or the London Rare Books School programmes under the guidance of the Course Director and Course Tutor, plus a dissertation of 30,000 words.
Each required course is examined by one essay of c.5,000 words. In addition, all students will complete a mandatory diagnostic essay of c.1,500 due at the end of October in the first term, which will be marked but does not constitute part of the assessment. Each option course is examined by one essay of c.5,000 words, or a coursework project of a similar scale. The dissertation is between 10,000 and 15,000 words and is due at the end of September.
Mode of study
1 year full-time and 2 years part-time. Part-time students normally complete the two Required courses and two Option courses in the first year, the third and fourth Option courses and the dissertation being taken in the second year. However, it is assumed that some preliminary work on the dissertation will be undertaken during the first year. In order to accommodate part-time study for students on day-release we try to arrange for most courses to be taught on one day in the week (usually Wednesday).
Arts and Humanities Research Council (LAHP) studentships
No. of awards TBC
The LAHP studentship competition will open for applications on 1 December 2014, and the closing date is Friday 30 January 2015. Studentship candidates are advised to apply for a place to study well in advance of the closing deadline for LAHP studentship applications to ensure that they have the opportunity to consult with proposed supervisors in preparing the LAHP studentship application form. It is suggested that candidates make their applications for a place to study in the School by 16 January 2015.
AHRC scholarships cover fees and, in all but exceptional circumstances, maintenance allowance (stipend). Overseas students are not normally eligible for AHRC funding. The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit.
The 2014-15 maintenance rates for doctoral students are £15,863 (full-time). Rates may be subject to change.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible to apply for a LAHP studentship in the forthcoming recruitment round, candidates must either be applying to commence a programme of postgraduate study in the 2015-16 academic year, which starts in October 2015; or, if they have already commenced doctoral study, they may apply for funding for the remainder, provided that, at the start of the AHRC award, they have at least 50% of the period of study remaining.
The closing date for applications is Friday 30 January 2015
The Institute offers one bursary of £1,000 per year for each of the following courses of full-time study (the bursary is pro-rated for part-time study). Application is invited from Overseas (non-EU) students only, and may be made as part of their specific course application.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Application is invited from Overseas (non-EU) students only, and may be made as part of their specific course application.
The bursaries are decided by competition on the basis of submitted written work as follows:
An essay on an appropriate subject (e.g. a piece of final year undergraduate coursework, of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words), for MA students An element of MA degree coursework, for MPhil/PhD students These items should be submitted to the Institute by 14 August prior to the commencement of the intended course of study. Allocation of bursaries will be decided by 20 September.
Postgraduate Support Scheme (2015-16 only)
There are five awards of up to a maximum of £10,000 to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs (where applicable) which are available for 2015-16 only via the HEFCE-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme. This one-year scheme aims to support students from under-represented groups among the School’s taught masters population, who wish to undertake a postgraduate taught programme.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Candidates must meet all of the belwo criteria. Awards will be restricted to students who are: • progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (and who do not have an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ)) • undertaking masters courses in any subject (excluding MRes, Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert) • studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years • domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) • self- funded • from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the School’s taught masters population
In order to apply for a Postgraduate Support Scheme studentship at the School, you must have applied to study here. Please see our Master’s degrees webpage or Institute websites, and then the information on how to apply. The Postgraduate Support Scheme studentship competition for 2015-16 closes on Monday 1st July 2015.
SAS Studentships (Coffin Fund for Promising Students)
The School is able to provide two SAS Studentships via the Coffin Fund for Promising Students. In 2015-16, the awards are £12,500 to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs (where applicable) and will be awarded to two students who have demonstrably excelled in their undergraduate degree.
Value of Scholarship(s)
The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. In addition, awards are open to students who are: • self-funded and domiciled in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas; • studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years; • undertaking masters courses in any subject (excluding MRes, Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert)
In order to apply for a SAS studentship (Coffin Fund) at the School, you must have applied to study here. Please see our Master’s degrees webpage or Institute websites, and then the information on how to apply. The SAS studentship (Coffin Fund for Promising Students) competition for 2015-16 closes on Monday 1st July 2015.