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The history of the book is concerned with the making, manufacturing, distribution and reading of books, and thus offers a unique way of understanding different literary, cultural, social, intellectual, and technological processes in history.

The subject extends to include newspapers, magazines, chapbooks, ephemera, digital text, and all kinds of printed or written media. It also includes the manuscript book in all its forms from the pre-classical, classical, and medieval periods.

The University of London’s MA degree in the History of the Book is the oldest postgraduate programme in this growing area in the humanities. Each year the Institute of English Studies (IES) welcomes a range of students from varied educational and professional backgrounds and from many

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.


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Janet Reed

I work as a freelance indexer and proof-reader and found out about the MA in the History of the Book from a client. I decided to take the course because I have always been interested in the book as an artefact as well as the history of information transmission.

The course has encouraged me to make more use of electronic resources and I have become more self-reliant in my research techniques. The course covers the history of the book from the time of clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the present day with electronic documents. It gives an overview of various technological and stylistic changes through the centuries.

As an indexer I am interested in the development of indexing as a profession within the book trade and my master’s project is on the history and development of indexing, covering manuscripts, printed books and the development of professional bodies for indexers.

After I graduate, I intend to return to full time indexing and to expand my business to a full-time venture. As a result of my further study, I could go into several areas of work including information management, indexing, public sector administration and anywhere that requires an enquiring mind and a can-do attitude.

Scholarships

The SAS Master's Studentship aims to support students from under-represented groups among the School’s taught masters population, who wish to undertake a postgraduate taught programme.

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. In addition, awards will be restricted to masters students who:

do not already have a masters or higher degree
are undertaking masters level courses in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert);
are studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years;
are self- funded
are from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the School’s taught masters population

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please visit our funding page.

Further Information

https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/master-s-funding

The Bursary is made available to cover tuition fees up to a maximum of £8000 and will be awarded to students who have demonstrably excelled in their undergraduate degree.

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. In addition, awards are open to students who are:

self-funded and domiciled in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas;
studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of one year;
undertaking a SAS Masters programme in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert)

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please visit our funding page.

Further Information

https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/master-s-funding

The School is able to provide a SAS Studentships via the Coffin Fund for Promising Students. In 2021/22, there is one award of £12,500 to cover tuition fees and contribute towards maintenance costs (where applicable) and will be awarded to a student who has excelled in their undergraduate degree.

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. Awards are open to students who are:

Self-funded and domiciled in the UK, European Union (EU), or overseas
Studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years
Undertaking a master’s course in any subject (excluding Distance Learning, PGDip and PGCert)

Application Procedure

To find out how to apply, please visit our funding page.

Further Information

https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/master-s-funding

This bursary, made available by the Cassal Endowment Fund, is available to master's students intending to write their dissertation on a topic related to French or Francophone studies. A bursary of £7,500 will be available, for study commencing in 2020/21. All MA, MRes and LLM degrees offered by the School are eligible to apply for the bursary.

The primary criterion on which applications are judged is academic merit. The successful applicant will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate level, with an outstanding mark achieved in the final-year project/dissertation. Successful applicants will have a genuine and demonstrable interest in undertaking a master’s degree at the School of Advanced Study. Awards are open to students who are:

Self-funded and domiciled in the UK, the EU or overseas.
Studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years
Intending to write their dissertation on a topic related to French or Francophone studies.

Application Procedure

To find out how to apply, please visit our funding page.

Further Information

https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/master-s-funding

Application Procedure

To find out how to apply, please visit our funding page.

Further Information

https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/master-s-funding

The Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study (SAS) is delighted to announce a funded studentship for one place on its MA/MRes History of the Book programme 2021/22. The award is of £10,000, which covers fees in full at the UK rate, and the remaining amount is intended for research related expenses.

The Daniel Albright Scholarship is funded through the generous support of Dr Marta Rivera Monclova, in memory of Prof Daniel Albright, who served on the faculty of the T.S. Eliot Summer School hosted by the IES.

Application Procedure

To find out how to apply, please visit our funding page.

Further Information

https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/master-s-funding

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