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Eighteenth Century Studies - MA

Course Description

This is a fully interdisciplinary programme, involving the Departments of English, History, History of Art, and Archaeology. It offers the opportunity for you to study the culture and cultural history of the eighteenth century from new perspectives, as well as to lay foundations for higher degrees within the various disciplines involved in the programme.

We do not assume that you have any prior knowledge of more than one discipline, or that you wish to abandon whatever discipline you pursued in your earlier studies. Our aim is to encourage you to develop a kind of intellectual curiosity that is open to different methods of inquiry, and interested in exploring many different aspects of the period.

The MA can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.


In addition to their core module, students follow one optional module in the first term, and two optional modules in the second term. A range of module courses taught by staff from the English, History, Philosophy and History of Art Departments are available each year.

All courses are taught by weekly two-hour seminars. Assessment is by four term papers and a 14,000-16,000-word dissertation written over the summer term and vacation. Part-time students are encouraged to use the first summer term of their two years to begin working on their dissertation topic.

Students will also take classes in research training.

Visit the Eighteenth Century Studies - MA page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from holders of good honours degrees, usually an upper second or above, in any suitable subject or combination of subjects, for full-time or part-time degrees. We will also sympathetically consider your application if you are a mature candidate seeking specialist qualifications after professional experience (such as an in-service teacher) or if you wish to return after an interval to continue your education, whether or not you have recent and conventional qualifications.

Last Updated

16 February 2017

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