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This interdisciplinary degree allows the investigation of diverse aspects of literature, cinema, history of art, and cultural history and thought. The Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry at UCL is unique in offering graduate students the opportunity to investigate Europe in its entirety, from European integration and public policy to European cinema and poetry.

About this degree

The programme aims to equip students with the skills, methods, concepts and theories essential for most fields of European culture, society and thought, encompassing the events, traditions and texts of the entire continent. Students learn how to present material effectively, to analyse texts critically and to construct coherent arguments.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Two pathways are offered: Taught and Research. The Taught pathway consists of two core modules (60 credits) four optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). The Research pathway consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, two core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months or part-time two years is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, two core modules (60 credits), full-time three months, part-time six months, is offered.

Compulsory modules

  • Theoretical Issues in History and Literature
  • Topics in Cultural Studies

Optional modules

Students on the Taught pathway select four, and students on the Research pathway select two, of the following optional modules:

  • Social Theory
  • Global Europe
  • Politics and Ethics
  • Modern Literary Theory
  • Graduate modules from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Graduate modules from the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences
  • Graduate modules from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES)

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000-words (Taught pathway) or 18,000-words (Research pathway).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. All students receive guidance on how to identify, locate and use material available in libraries and archives. Students are assessed through a combination of coursework in the form of essays, unseen written examinations and the dissertation.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

Those applying for UCL scholarships should take note of relevant deadlines.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

MPhil and PhD degrees often follow on from a Master's programme: both the Taught and Research pathways of the MAs offered by the Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) are intended to allow this type of progression, as well as standing as degrees in their own right.

Many graduates of the programme have gone on to further study at UCL and other institutions, including the University of Edinburgh; London Consortium; Birkbeck, University of London; and the Louvre Museum.

Employability

Graduates of this MA have used their extensive knowledge and understanding of European institutions, policies and society to obtain positions within the European Union. The high level of interdisciplinary training and research skills offered by the programme have equipped others for positions as researchers in UK and European universities, museums and non-governmental agencies. The emphasis on written and verbal communication, collation and presentation of research and analysis have provided transferable skills for the fields of accountancy, law and PR.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) at UCL is in a unique position to combine a broad programme of study that unites the arts, humanities, and social and historical sciences, with immediate and easy access to the unrivalled cultural treasures and library holdings of London.

The central London location offers easy access to the British Library, British Museum, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, German Historical Institute, Goethe Institut, Institut Français, and other similar research and cultural centres.

Less than three hours away from Brussels and Paris, and with the wide range of resources available, this is a highly favourable location for the study of Europe.

Department: Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a wide range of interests within a flexible combination of core and optional modules. Students select either the Taught or the Research pathway depending on their personal focus and aspirations.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study European Culture at graduate level
  • why you want to study European Culture at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the European Culture and Thought: Culture MA/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

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