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MA in Paris Studies: History and Culture

Course Description

This exciting Masters programme offers students the opportunity to explore key areas of the cultural and intellectual life of Paris. The degree is awarded by the University of London and all teaching takes place at ULIP, within an historic building in the 7th arrondissement in central Paris. Through being in Paris itself, students benefit from immersion within the French context of their studies, as well as having access to the unequalled resources offered by the city. This is a unique prospect for direct intellectual engagement with the realities of Paris, both past and present.


Teaching is carried out by both Institute staff and teaching staff drawn from various departments at both Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London. Students develop practical and theoretical skills whilst deepening their knowledge of Paris through taught courses as well as directed research.

This programme is taught exclusively in English. Students are encouraged to use French resources in accordance with their level of language ability.

Programme structure and assessment:

Students undertaking this programme will be expected to complete four taught courses, each assessed through written coursework. They will also conduct independent research for submission as a dissertation, accounting for 40% of the marks.

Students undertake two compulsory core courses and two optional courses. Study skills training in research is a non-assessed element of the programme. The core courses: 'Encountering Paris' and 'Interpreting Paris', offer a wide-ranging analysis of Parisian history and culture, drawing on research in the humanities and the social sciences. Literature, art, film, television, and song are all examined, as are population trends, social and cultural geography, and political ideas and institutions. Optional courses on offer may vary from year to year and include: 'Exiles and Outsiders'; 'French Intellectuals in the 20th Century'; 'Paris in the 19th-Century Novel'; and 'French Cinema: Screening the City'.

The non-assessed research methods course, 'Researching Paris: Sources and Methods', introduces students to resources for research within the Institute and the broader Parisian academic landscape, equipping them with requisite research skills and an awareness of research methodologies.

Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice, drawing on an aspect of Parisian history or culture. The dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words is submitted mid-September in the year of study.


Application forms and details of the application procedure and deadlines are available on the ULIP website or by emailing Student and Academic Services: .

Study Resources & Support:

The Institute’s central location on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) of the river Seine means it is within easy reach of all corners of the city. All facilities, including classrooms, a cinema-style Viewing Room, MA study space, and a café are located on site. Postgraduate students have full access to ULIP’s Learning Resources Centre which combines a library with computing and other facilities. They can also access several nearby general and specialist university, public, and private libraries suitable for graduate study.

Further information about the MA can be obtained from:

Student and Academic Services
University of London Institute in Paris
9-11 rue de Constantine
75340 Paris Cedex 07
Tel: +33 1 44 11 73 83
Fax: +33 1 45 50 31 55
Web: http://ulip.london.ac.uk
Twitter: @ULIP_French

Visit the MA in Paris Studies: History and Culture page on the University of London Institute in Paris website for more details!

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Nathan, Quinn & Esmond - 2 Awards

ULIP awards two fee waivers per year on the scheme based on academic merit.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee waiver


To apply for the Nathan, Quinn & Esmond fee waiver, students must be a UK or EU national.

Application Procedure

Download the application form from our website and apply before 30th June 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or the equivalent. Those for whom English is a second language must provide satisfactory evidence of proficiency in English. There is no French-language requirement, but students are encouraged to take language courses appropriate to their personal level and abilities.

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