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Eighteenth-Century Studies MA (Canterbury & Paris)

Course Description

This MA offers an intellectually dynamic introduction to one of the most exciting eras in literary history.

Grounded in and administered from the Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, this is an interdisciplinary MA programme that builds upon the expertise and common research interests of 18th-century researchers and teachers across the Faculty of Humanities. The Centre provides an excellent research context for the MA programme and any further postgraduate work that will arise from it.

This programme allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities, before relocating to our Paris centre for the spring term.

During your studies in Paris, you are based at Columbia Global Center (known as Reid Hall) in a historic corner of Montparnasse. You participate in the Paris-focused modules, taught in English. In the final term, you complete your MA by writing a 12-15,000-word dissertation on a research topic defined in collaboration with your academic supervisors.

You take two modules in each of the first two terms (three of these four modules are core) and a dissertation in the third.


In 2015 the following three core specialist modules were available: EN832 - Hacks, Dunces and Scribblers: Authorship and the Marketplace in the Eighteenth Century, CP812 - Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth Century and FR803 – Paris and the European Enlightenment. These should be considered indicative of the types of modules available, which may vary from year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is by a 5-6,000-word essay for each module and a 12,000 word dissertation.

This programme is also available at Canterbury only or full-time at Paris.

Visit the Eighteenth-Century Studies MA (Canterbury & Paris) page on the University of Kent, Paris website for more details!

Student Profiles

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.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

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