Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
University of East London Featured Masters Courses
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
University of the Arts London Featured Masters Courses
Manchester Metropolitan University Featured Masters Courses

Study the eighteenth century on a course co-taught by lecturers from eight different departments across Arts & Humanities, with sessions also led by experts in museums and galleries across London, making it a truly multi-faceted degree, looking at all aspects of the eighteenth century.

You can explore the Enlightenment through race, gender, class, intellectual networks and material culture; analyse ideas, objects, texts and arts and have access to unique, diverse and rich collections in central London, all close to King’s, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Society, the Foundling Museum, and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Key benefits

  • Truly multi-faceted course with access to modules across lots of different departments at King's.
  • Unrivalled location for access to London’s cultural collections and museums and galleries. 
  • Taught across departments in a faculty of Arts & Humanities ranked in the top 6 in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2018/19)


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.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with six to eight hours of teaching through seminars each week. We expect you to undertake an additional 34 hours of self-study each week.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with four hours of teaching through seminars each week in your first year, and two to four hours per week in your second year. We will expect you to undertake 23 hours of independent study each week in your first year and 11 hours in your second.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


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.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London means you will be able to engage with the unique, diverse and rich collections of the cultural institutions in central London. You will benefit from studying in one of the world’s most vibrant and internationally connected cultural centres.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Career prospects

Some of our graduates go on to careers in arts and cutlural institutions whilst others go on to research and further study. 

Sign up for more information. Email now

Have a question about applying to King’s? Email now

Visit the Eighteenth-Century Studies MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!