This Masters is concerned with outlining and critically evaluating the concept of the ‘avant-garde’ both theoretically and in terms of its applicability to representative areas of 20th-century art. Dealing with art from the early twentieth century to the present, you will investigate concepts such as historical avant-garde, neo-avant-garde, and post-avant-garde, paying close attention to the theorists who have elaborated these ideas.
Closely focused on the visual and historical specificities of the subject, the core teaching will have you examining the politically oppositional and ‘transgressive’ impulses of the avant-garde.
You will interpret ‘transgression’ in the widest sense and in relation to a range of diverse historical contexts, including: the anti-art concerns of Dada; the political tensions arising from conflicts between nationalist and internationalist currents in European art of the early 20th century and the Nietzschian/Bataillean testing of the boundaries of conventional moral positions, particularly regarding sexual identity and the body.
The optional courses available are closely geared to the research interests of our staff. Their content will draw upon current exhibitions and debates.
You will take five core courses and one optional course. This is followed by a period of self-study towards a dissertation 15,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding bibliography) and will be on a topic chosen in consultation with the tutors and the programme convenor.
You may choose from the following options in the College of Arts
Or from courses run by History of Art
Students on this programme are invited to take part in an optional study trip of approximately one week, which is funded by the student. Previous destinations include Berlin and Dublin.
Career opportunities include positions in curation, digitisation and research within museums and other cultural and heritage institutions. The programme also provides an excellent platform for you to move onto PhD studies and an academic career.
The MSc in Health History explores the last two-and-a-half centuries to seek the origins and impacts of our modern health experiences and expectations, together with the reasons they've changed so rapidly. It examines a variety of issues such as the:
The degree is suitable for those from humanities, social science and health science backgrounds as well as those who have worked in the health professions.
The MSc Health History is organised around the expertise of staff in the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow. The CSHHH is a research collaboration between historians of medicine and of health and healthcare at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde universities.
Modules can be built into a Masters degree. This can form the basis for future doctoral research funded by the:
Choose four from:
MSc students also write a dissertation of 10,000 words. You’ll research a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of the programme staff. You’ll be able to use the extensive archive holdings relating to the history of medicine and of health and healthcare available in Glasgow and elsewhere in Central Scotland.
The CSHHH Glasgow seminar series is designed to showcase the latest research from across the subject area at the centre. All students on the MSc are expected to attend these sessions.
A full account of assessment will be provided in each module handbook. The pass mark is 50% in all classes.
This MA programme introduces students to major works of 19th and 20th-century British, French and American writers and provides a context for those works in philosophical and technological developments of the period. The programme explores a wide range of genres and authors and encourages the development of independent research skills.
The core module develops a close reading of works by writers of the period, while the optional modules offer the opportunity to analyse some of the technologies, media, philosophical perspectives and art forms whose development during the 20th century has made itself felt in modernist and postmodernist writing.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (60 credits), three optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
Each module is taught through a weekly seminar. Assessment is through take-home written examination, essays and the research dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: English: Issues in Modern Culture MA
The programme is an ideal preliminary stage to doctoral research and candidates who obtain the MA and have found a promising subject requiring further study are encouraged to apply to the UCL MPhil/PhD programme.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL English has an outstanding record for research; many staff publish in mainstream as well as academic media: some are regular reviewers for newspapers and periodicals.
Excellent facilities are provided by the UCL library. It has several important holdings including the James Joyce Collection and the George Orwell Archive.
Our graduate students have access to an incomparable range of archives and libraries, including Senate House Library and the British Library, both of which are nearby.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: English Language & Literature
85% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Explore a broad range of literature and culture from Britain, North America and the English-speaking world covering the 19th and 20th centuries. The course offers you the chance to delve into a range of research topics and texts from this period including Victorian Studies, Modernism, and American Studies. It will give you the opportunity to read widely and to think broadly across conventional period boundaries, with optional modules ranging from lyric poetry to the graphic novel.
You'll be studying at one of the oldest English departments in the country in a fantastic central London location where you'll get the chance to explore the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries in a place where that literary history actually took place and you'll benefit from being in London, where the city and its rich literary heritage will be your classroom.
As part of the course you will receive experience and training in a wide variety of research, writing and presentation skills and you'll get the chance to complete a large-scale research project within a research environment which values independent thought.
This course gives you an opportunity to explore a wide and eclectic range of topics and texts from the mid-19th centry to the present and to think across the period boundaries that restrict other courses. The course focuses on a broad range of 19th and 20th century literature and culture from Britain, North America and the English-speaking world. You will read widely in 19th century and Modernist literature, while also exploring more specialised topics through a range of optional modules which cover almost every aspect of modern literature and culture: from the Victorian novel and Modernist poetics to postcolonial life writing and the Graphic novel.
In semester one, the core module, Text, Culture, Theory: London and Urban Modernity, introduces key literary and theoretical approaches to urban modernity while encouraging you to explore the rich cultural history of our immediate surroundings in the cultural heart of London. King’s has the oldest English Department in the country and graduates will join an illustrious tradition of literary Londoners: writers, readers, and critics.
The course offers teaching and research training at postgraduate level in a wide range of aspects of English literature, language and culture, based in a research environment which values independence of thought and offers graduate students a clear sense of what would be involved in progressing to PhD study. Students receive training in research and writing skills (including manuscript work, bibliographies, internet resources) in preparation for the completion of a large-scale research project.
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This programme enables you to develop critical understanding of key texts and issues in 19th and 20th century English literature and acquire advanced skills in research methods that prepare you for doctoral study or for work within the broader cultural sector.
If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with four to seven hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 26 hours of independent study.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 13 hours of independent study.
We will assess our modules entirely through coursework, normally in the form of a 4,000-word essay. We will assess your dissertation module through a 4,000-word critical survey and a 15,000-word essay.
Many of our graduates go on to pursue further research. Others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in teaching, journalism, cultural arts and management or the legal and financial sectors.
This programme draws on our long-established strengths in research and teaching in Continental Philosophy. It is distinctive in offering an unusually broad range of module options specifically in this area of philosophy, covering major figures and themes, as well as more specialized or less mainstream topics. Because of the breadth of our expertise in this area, whichever module option you choose, you will be taught by world leaders in their respective fields. Unlike some other postgraduate programmes, you’ll have the chance to choose all of your course work and your dissertation from the field of Continental Philosophy, although modules from other philosophical traditions or subject areas can also be taken.
There is no restriction on the selection of module options. If you are looking for a course that gives you an exposure to Continental Philosophy that is both broad and in-depth, this is likely to be the right course for you. The influential Leiter Report 2014-15 ranks our graduate programme 1st in the UK and 3rd internationally in the area 20th Century Continental Philosophy. In the category 19th Century Continental Philosophy we are ranked 1st in the UK and 6th internationally. The 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks the research produced by our department as 1st in the UK.
On this course, you'll have the freedom to choose six modules from our department's extensive selection. You can view our complete listing of Philosophy modules on our module webpage. So, whether you're interested in Nietzsche, Kant's Aesthetics, Hegel's Science of Logic or 20th Century French Philosophy, you'll find modules here that suit you.
You might wish to take this MA as a self-standing degree, to enhance your knowledge of continental philosophy, or perhaps you wish to take this programme as an entry route to PhD research in Continental Philosophy. Either way, we'll offer you a comprehensive education in the Continental tradition.
Southern Europe is a region that finds itself at the cutting edge of key global challenges. South European Studies offers the stimulating experience of studying and training in three different European countries in the region and the opportunity to acquire advanced language, research and professional skills.
The programme is taught over 24 months and includes three mobility periods. In semester 1 you gain an overview of the subject in Glasgow, followed by a choice of mobility partner in semester 2 (Athens or Madrid). Here you will follow a geographical pathway that situates the region in its broader neighbourhood context. Semester 2 also includes an online research and training course. A summer school featuring dissertation/project workshops and meetings with the supervisory teams will be held at the end of semester 2 in Lisbon.
In semester 3 you will have the choice of four thematic pathways along the research track in Athens, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence or Rome. Alternatively, you may follow a professional track that includes a lengthy work placement available in Madrid or Aix-en-Provence. You will spend semester 4 with the same semester 3 mobility partner researching and writing your dissertation or professional project under the guidance of a supervisory team made up of members of staff from each of your chosen mobility partners. If on the professional track you will also undertake a substantial work placement in S4. Please note semesters 3 and 4 cannot be spent with the same partner as semester 2.
Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major South European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.
University of Glasgow – Overview
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Greece and the Balkans
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Spain and the Arab world
Introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences (online)
Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa – Dissertation workshops (summer school)
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Crisis and change
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid* – Nationalism
Aix-Marseille Université – Borders
LUISS Guido Carli –Democratisation
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Athens/Madrid/Aix-en-Provence/Rome – Dissertation
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
*Additonal courses available in English and Spanish.
Career prospects include the civil service, diplomacy, regional organisations such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Union, international organisations such as NATO and the United Nations, journalism, public opinion and market research, non-governmental organisations and charities, teaching, academic research, business, tourism and international trade.