University of York

University of York

Eighteenth Century Studies

This is a fully interdisciplinary programme, involving the Departments of English, History, History of Art, and Philosophy. It offers the opportunity for you to study the culture and cultural history of the eighteenth century from new perspectives, as well as to lay foundations for higher degrees within the various disciplines involved in the programme. We do not assume that you have any prior knowledge of more than one discipline, or that you wish to abandon whatever discipline you pursued in your earlier studies. Our aim is to encourage you to develop a kind of intellectual curiosity that is open to different methods of inquiry, and interested in exploring many different aspects of the period.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have good Honours degrees, usually an upper 2nd or above, in any suitable subject or combination of subjects; we will also sympathetically consider your application if you are a mature candidate seeking specialist qualifications after professional experience (such as an in-service teacher) or if you wish to return after an interval to continue your education, whether or not you have recent and conventional qualifications. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Changes of meaning; narratives of change.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by 4 term papers and a 20,000-word dissertation written over the summer term and vacation; part-time students are encouraged to use the 1st summer term of their 2 years to begin working on their dissertation topic. Students will also take classes in research training

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 323369