The Leeds eighteenth-century studies programme is an interdisciplinary MA which involves staff and modules from a number of university departments, currently including History, English, Fine Art and Jewish Studies. It aims to equip students with a strong research training and the breadth and depth of knowledge of eighteenth-century Britain and / or Europe required for doctoral study.
The programme has a strong historical core but a unique and extensive range of interdisciplinary components. The programme comprises a core component which offers a broad conceptual introduction to research on the long eighteenth century spanning a number of disciplines. The University of Leeds has considerable strength and research expertise in this period, and exceptional library holdings of both contemporary printed materials, manuscripts, and microforms. There are also excellent local and regional museum, archive and gallery assets. Students in the programme will also benefit from a regular series of well-attended inter-disciplinary research seminars in eighteenth-century studies held in the University.
The School has flourished since its foundation in 1877 and currently has about thirty members of staff who can offer supervision in a very wide range of subjects (British, European, American and Far Eastern) and over a wide chronological span from the ancient period to the twentieth century.
The School is one of the largest departments of history in the UK. As a leading research centre, it was awarded a Grade 5 in the last two national Research Assessment exercises. Its postgraduate component is developing rapidly and all postgraduates will have the opportunity to study and socialise with a large and diverse group of students. The school has a strong research culture of which postgraduate students are an integral part.
The School runs regular staff and postgraduate seminars and organises a number of open lectures, special seminars and colloquia each year.
What you study
A module in research methodology, a core interdisciplinary module providing a conceptual introduction the ‘long eighteenth century’, two optional modules, and a 15,000 word dissertation.