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Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission MA

King’s College London Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Full time & Part time September MA One year FT, two years PT

About the course

Our degree in Early Modern English Literature is taught with the British Library and provides a unique opportunity to study early modern literary works, including Shakespeare, Donne, and Jonson, in the light of recent critical approaches and as print and manuscript material artefacts.

The module taught at the British Library is specially designed to teach students how to search collections of early modern manuscripts and rare books held in major research libraries worldwide and how to identify the agents involved in their production, transmission and preservation in libraries and private collections.

Our MA offers an ideal foundation for doctoral work and careers in the arts, education, curatorship and broadcasting.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree in English Literature or in a subject in which English literature plays a significant part; other well-qualified candidates may be considered.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

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During my undergraduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles, I had the excellent opportunity to study abroad for a term at King's College London. During that time, I was exposed to the university's first-class faculty, highly intelligent peer cohort, and the endless cultural resources that the historic city of London has to offer. As a result of this positive experience, I decided to return to King's for postgraduate study of Early Modern English Literature.

I cannot speak more highly of my course and the incredible learning opportunities it affords – as it is in conjunction with the British Library, my programme at King's offers my classmates and I hands-on access to the primary literature from the Renaissance that we could only discuss in theory before. Additionally, the small size of my cohort makes it very easy to receive one-to-one attention and academic guidance from our outstanding tutors.

Lastly, as I am an international student, and am required to pay a different fee class than home/EU students, King's accommodated this by awarding me postgraduate taught funding. The bursary I received from King's is exceedingly helpful, in that it allows me to make the most of my experience in London by easing the financial burden that higher education inevitably brings about.

After my programme, I plan to work in the publishing or digital communications industry, using the practical training on the book trade acquired by my course module taken at the British Library. I am confident that King's College London’s world renown will significantly bolster my accreditations, whether I remain in the UK or return stateside.

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