Master of Arts
MA One year full-time, two years part-time
(Taught in conjunction with the School of English and Drama and the Department of Politics)
London has long been an international centre of cultural production and political power. This interdisciplinary Masters programme takes the city as its focus, using London as a central example, resource and inspiration. The MA is collaboratively taught, drawing upon expertise across the Departments of Geography, Politics and the School of English and Drama. The programme brings together historical and contemporary perspectives on metropolitan culture, through approaches that span the humanities and social sciences. It also makes the most of Queen Mary’s position, being close to key cultural resources and institutions in London, while located in the city’s East End where many of the programme’s intellectual concerns find most vivid expression. Dramatic historical changes along with contemporary and future transformations of this area provide ample opportunities for scholarly reflection and debate as well as for engaging with practices and institutions within and beyond the academy.
A core module considers influential perspectives on metropolitan life by using London as an example, but setting it in the context of other cities across the world. In addition, you will take three optional modules and complete a dissertation, following training in qualitative research methodologies and in the use of the unsurpassed resources for the study of London available in the city: libraries, archives, museums, galleries as well as sites and events.
Cities, Empire and Modernity
Dissertation (15,000 words)
Resources for Research
Optional modules may include:
Art, Performance and the City
Empire, Race and Immigration
Health, Housing and Education of Immigrants in a Metropolitan Environment
Metrointellectuals, 1770-1820 British Women Writers in London and Paris
Sociability: Literature and the City 1660-1780
Urban Culture and the Book: London, Publishing and Readers in the Sixteenth Century
Writing the East End
Assessment is through a variety of assignments, ranging from extended essays to book reviews and oral presentations. You will also complete a 15,000- word dissertation, worth a third of total marks, on a topic of your choice relating to the programme.
You will normally be expected to have a first degree with first or upper-second class honours in a humanities or social science subject (or equivalent international qualification). We actively encourage applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of metropolitan culture at undergraduate level and/or who have practical experience of working in related areas.
For international students, please refer to our International Students section.