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MA London Studies


Course Description

London has long been an international centre of cultural production and political power. This interdisciplinary masters programme takes the city as its focus, using London as a central example, resource and inspiration. From the world of eighteenth-century coffee houses, to the 'metro-intellectuals' of the Romantic era and the vibrant creative life of the modern-day postcolonial city, the programme brings together historical and contemporary perspectives on metropolitan culture, through approaches that span the humanities and social sciences.

The MA in London Studies is collaboratively taught, drawing upon expertise across the Departments of Geography and Politics and the School of English and Drama. The programme also makes the most of Queen Mary's position, being close to key cultural resources and institutions in London, while located in the city's East End where many of the programme's intellectual concerns find most vivid expression. Dramatic historical changes, alnog with contemporary and future transformations of this part of the city provide ample opportunities for scholarly reflection and debate as well as for engaging with practices and institutions within and beyond the academy.

All students take a core course, Cities and Modernity, and a core advanced level research training course. In addition, students choose three of the following option courses:

- Art, Performance and the City
- Cities and Empire
- Empire, Race and Immigration
- Health, Housing and Education of Immigrants in a Metropolitan Environment
- Metro-intellectuals, 1770-1820: British Women Writers in London and Paries
- Sociability: Literature and the City, 1660-1780
- Urban Culture and the Book: London, Publishing and Readers in the Sixteenth Century
- Writing the East End

Visit the MA London Studies page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally be expected to have a first degree with first or upper-second class honours in a humanities or social science subject (or equivalent international qualification). We actively encourage applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of metropolitan culture at undergraduate level and/or who have practical experience of working in related areas.Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS - or equivalent - at a level of 7.0

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