The MA in the Contemporary is an interdisciplinary programme in the field of contemporary culture. This programme is a unique collaboration between the University of Kent and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London which allows students to choose from a range of modules, each focusing on different aspects of contemporary culture.
Jointly taught by academics and practitioners in the School of English and the School of Arts at the University of Kent and the ICA, the programme allows students to enrich their academic knowledge with a practical study placement at the ICA. Students will also be invited to attend an induction at the ICA at the start of their studies to introduce them to the facilities and will be encouraged to make use of the ICA’s programme of seminars and events.
Following a similar structure to the MA in the Contemporary, this programme allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus, whilst participating in the collaborative module taught partly at the ICA in London, before relocating to our Paris Centre in the heart of historic Montparnasse for the spring term. Students will be able to choose from a wide variety of modules in the areas of Contemporary Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Drama and History and Philosophy of Art. Whilst at the Paris Centre students are offered a range of modules inspired by Paris and its unique cultural history. The ICA will coordinate a study visit to Paris which, in partnership with key galleries and artists, will seek contextualise contemporary culture in an international setting.
The MA in the Contemporary will provide students with a deep understanding of the relationship between disciplines in the arts and an appreciation of the way in which interdisciplinary thinking makes it possible to grasp and respond to key issues in contemporary culture. This pioneering educational opportunity will equip students with the skills, knowledge and professional experience to progress into areas such as artistic practice, related higher postgraduate research, arts management and policy and a variety of other careers within the arts.
School of English MA scholarships 2015/16Scholarships are still available for excellent candidates applying for our taught-MA programmes. •Part-time students and students applying for programmes with a term in Paris are also eligible •Applications will be accepted up until May 15, 2015. All students who make an application to study on one of our MA programmes will automatically be considered for a scholarship (no separate application is required) •Previous applicants for MA scholarships need not re-apply
Scholarship Fund The School of English highly values its postgraduate community. Over the last few years the School has continued to invest in its students with a range of scholarships and opportunities that have supported exceptional research from awarded students. To further support the postgraduate community the school will be increasing the MA scholarship fund for 2015/16. Successful applicants in 2015/16 will be eligible for the following scholarships, all of which aim to support one student on each of our specialist MA programmes. The scholarships will be in the form of a fee waiver, but with an additional maintenance bursary of £1500. Part-time students and students applying for programmes with a term in Paris are also eligible. These scholarships are: •The Woolf scholarship (for students on the MA in English and American Literature) •The Dickens scholarship (for students on the MA in Dickens and Victorian Culture) •The Burney scholarship (for a student on the MA in Eighteenth Century Studies) •The MA in Postcolonial Studies scholarship •The MA in Critical Theory scholarship •The MA in The Contemporary scholarship •The Creative Writer’s scholarship In addition to these new scholarships the school will continue to offer the following: •One fully funded School of English MA scholarship – a fee waiver plus an additional stipend at AHRC rate (currently set at £9,681 p/a for 2014/15) •One international scholarship (to cover fees at the international rate) •One fee-waiver scholarship for part-time students •Two departmental awards. The Ian Gregor Scholarship, which pays home fees and a £500 bursary for one year’s full-time study, and the Sasha Roberts Scholarship, which is an award of £2,000. PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of the scholarships is to award candidates with the strongest academic records. The School of English reserves the right to distribute the scholarships amongst candidates in a way that will honour that commitment.
Value of Scholarship(s)
A first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent). In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path.These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. The purpose of the scholarships is to award candidates with the strongest academic records.
All students who make an application to study on one of our MA programmes will automatically be considered for a scholarship (no separate application is required).