The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kent encourages interdisciplinary study and students at the Paris Centre are offered a range of modules inspired by Paris and its unique cultural history.
This twelve-month programme allows students of literature the opportunity to augment their study with visits to some of places that have inspired many of the greatest authors of the last several hundred years. Students can also make use of the use of the research resources and archives that are only available in Paris to develop a dissertation over the summer term.
You take two modules in each of the first two terms and a dissertation in the third.
You are required to take:
One Paris module from your own subject area (compulsory) The School of English is offering a new module entitled: The Verbal and the Visual: Dialogues between Literature, Film, Art and Philosophy A further three from the selection of Paris modules available
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment is by a 5-6,000-word essay for each module and a 12,000 word dissertation.
What attracted you to this course? It was the only course I’d seen where you could combine English Literature – which I’d studied as an undergraduate – with spending time in Paris. I did French for A level so it was a real attraction to study somewhere I could speak the language. I was also keen to try living abroad and Paris has so much cultural and historical significance.
How have you found the teaching? The first term in Canterbury was great – I studied Native American and Canadian First Nations literature, as well as works by Hemingway and Faulkner, which was a really good mix.
In Paris, we were taught by lecturers from both Comparative Literature and English so we got the best of two departments. The seminars were really interesting and we had a lot of related art trips – we’d talk about Zola and then go and look at naturalist paintings and see how it all linked together.
What about your fellow students? I’ve made some very good friends. Because it was the first year of the course, we were a small group and formed a very tight bond. At Master’s level, you get the impression that people really like their subject – it’s lovely to be in that community and bounce ideas off each other.
What was your time in Paris like? It was a really good experience for me as it was the first time I’d ever lived in such a big city. There are so many different people and there’s such a variety of things to see and do.
Reid Hall in Montparnasse is a beautiful campus and the facilities include a library. But we also received membership to the American Library in Paris – the subject specialists had a meeting with us before we went out to France and they told us all about the Library and the online resources we could use. We also had the chance to visit the Centre Pompidou and the Institut Charles V.
What’s the level of support been like? It’s been fantastic. We had a good support network in Paris both academically and pastorally. It was always there when we needed it.
Any advice for potential students? Go into it with a really open mind – it’s not just about studying text and language but a cultural analysis of whatever period you’re studying. If you’re thinking of doing it, go for it.
The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund
No. of awards TBC
The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £5,000
- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.