MA Urban History and Culture
This degree offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the social, political, cultural and economic development of two world cities: Paris and London. Study at the University of London Institute in Paris with the option to spend your second term at Queen Mary University of London.
Immerse yourself in two world cities
Gain a deep understanding of the history and contemporary organisation of two great capitals of the western world: Paris and London. Through an experiential learning approach supported by visits to diverse and fascinating sites, you'll explore how the growth of city living and management shaped the fabric of the world.
Explore your interests; discover new ones
The degree draws on multiple methodologies, from history to sociology and ethnography, and optional modules give you the chance to explore your personal interests. Dissertation topics have ranged from cinematic depictions of Paris to urban environmental policy.
A quality educational experience
This degree offers you the opportunity to study for a respected University of London master's in the heart of the French capital. Enjoy a high-quality UK academic experience in a friendly campus overlooking the Eiffel Tower in Paris’s seventh arrondissement, with the option to spend your second term in London.
Extensive resources and world-class support
As a student, you'll benefit from intensive small-group teaching in a tight-knit interdisciplinary environment. Complement your studies with subject-specific resources at the wide-ranging University of London Institute in Paris Library alongside the city's many public and institutional libraries, and Senate House and Queen Mary libraries when in London.
Join our global alumni community
Follow in the footsteps of a distinguished list of University of London alumni from Nobel prize-winners to leaders in law, finance, humanities and other fields. Enjoy three years of free careers advice offered through Queen Mary’s Careers and Enterprise, alumni membership of Senate House Library, and invitations to global events.
You complete four content modules plus a dissertation and an assessed research methodology component.
Two compulsory modules are delivered in the Autumn semester in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris, and two elective modules taken from a range of options offered in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris, and/or in London at Queen Mary University of London in the second semester.
You can choose, therefore, between a split-site degree in Paris and London or a full year in Paris.
Full-time study will be organised as follows:
Students may complete all of these modules in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris, with possible short visits to London, or may choose to spend semester 2 in London and complete some modules in London at Queen Mary’s Mile End Campus.
Teaching will take place in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris. Students must complete the following two compulsory modules:
Teaching can either take place in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris, or in London at Queen Mary:
At the Institute in Paris, students will have to take a compulsory module, plus two optional modules.
In London at Queen Mary, students will have to take the compulsory module – Geographical Thought and Practice, part 2 (15 credits) and suitable electives to the value of 60 credits from the range offered by the School of Geography, School of History and School of English Drama at Queen Mary University of London.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.
You will explore the development of urban topography and planning through site visits and analysis, using a primarily bifocal approach to the growth of city living and management, and how that has shaped the fabric of the world.
The degree is delivered via small-group seminars where you will be encouraged to discuss key issues and participate through seminar presentations. The programme will also be supported by a hands-on approach, including site visits and workshops.
Seminars will be supplemented by consultations with advisers, option course leaders, and dissertation supervisors, which will include opportunities for one-to-one discussions of course content and plans for written work.
Sessions are led by members of faculty from the University of London Institute in Paris, and the Schools of History, Geography and English and Drama from Queen Mary University of London in weekly seminars led by staff members with original research qualifications and interests in the area.
Study resources and facilities
You will benefit from access to a wide range of study resources and facilities, including print and electronic information services, in a scholarly setting. The University of London Institute in Paris Library is the primary source of support and research material for students and staff, offering subject-specific resources and access to dozens of electronic databases via University of London’s Senate House Library and our partnership with Queen Mary University of London.
Through the University of London Institute in Paris Library, students can gain access to the American Library in Paris which is within walking distance. Postgraduate students may also have access to the Sciences Po Library if they wish.
While in London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
The programme is offered in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London's School of History, School of English and Drama and School of Geography, and the University of London Institute in Paris.
Professor Anna-Louise Milne is Director of Research at the Institute, where she is also Professor of French Studies and convenor of the MA in Urban History and Culture. With a background in comparative literature and an early interest in the intersections between ethnography, literature and review publishing that are characteristic of the mid-twentieth century and the work of Jean Paulhan in particular (The Extreme In-Between: Jean Paulhan’s Place in the Twentieth Century, Legenda, 2006), Anna-Louise's research is today located at the intersection between urban sociology, multilingualism and cultural history.
She has led a series of collaborative projects drawing on methodologies from human geography and cultural translation to develop fieldwork and experimental workshops with people in situations of protracted mobility and administrative vulnerability in Europe.
Applications for our postgraduate course must be submitted by 30 June 2024 to be eligible to apply for partial fee waivers.
Applications remain open throughout the summer and will be considered on a rolling basis, but you should allow enough time to apply for a visa if applicable.
The course start date is in September each year.
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Students should have an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant Humanities-related subject. A recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution is also accepted.
If English is not your first language, satisfactory evidence of your English language proficiency must be provided. IELTS 7.0 (minimum writing 6.5) is the minimum level for entry to the course.
The degree is taught entirely in English and there is no French language requirement.
How to apply
You can submit your details via our web form by clicking on the "Apply now" button above. Please note that you will need to submit the application in one go. Once you have completed the web form, you will be asked to email the following documentation:
- A copy of your university transcript(s) and degree certificate(s). If you have not yet completed your degree, please provide a record of courses taken and grades achieved to date.
- Two letters of reference. Please provide two references from your previous academic institution. If you have left university you may provide one academic and one employer reference. Letters of reference can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A photocopy of a statutory identification document such as a passport.
- A Statement of Purpose. To be written in English, this should explain your reasons for wanting to study on this programme, and include reference to relevant (academic and/or occupational) experience. It should be no more than one side of A4.
- A Resume / Curriculum Vitae (CV). Please provide a recent version of no more than two sides of A4.
- Two samples of written work. These must be written in English and should take the form of short academic essay of approximately 2000 words.
- Proof of English Language ability (non-native speakers only)
Important UK immigration information
Please note that applicants for the MA in Urban History and Culture cannot be sponsored by Queen Mary or the University of London Institute in Paris for a Tier 4 (General) Student immigration permission to study in the UK. This means that non-UK students who wish to study modules in London in Semester 2 will need to apply for immigration permission as a Short-Term Student and, if successful, will not be able to stay in the UK more than 6 months. Depending on their nationality, students will need to apply for a Short-Term immigration permission before they enter the UK or on entering the UK. Further information can be found via the Queen Mary University of London website.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
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There are a number of sources of funding available for the MA in Urban History and Culture. These include University of London scholarships covering tuition fees, external scholarships and government and private loans. We also offer an alumni discount to University of London Institute in Paris and University of London graduates. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact us.
University of London Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of the University of London Nathan, Quinn & Esmond funds, the University of London Institute in Paris will be offering up to two fee waivers or equivalent tuition fee reductions per academic year for this course. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit.
These awards may waive the full tuition fees (at Home level) or offer a significant reduction in fees.
To be eligible for consideration, students must have submitted a complete application for the MA Urban and History and Culture by the deadline given below.
To apply, students should submit a 300-word statement elaborating why they should be considered, highlighting their academic and professional merit and details of how the award will further their professional development to: email@example.com
The application deadline for the awards is 30 June 2024 (23:59).
Aziz Foundation Scholarship
Enabled by the generous support of the Aziz Foundation, a scholarship covering tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year will be awarded to an exceptional student on the MA in Urban History and Culture who is active in British Muslim communities and keen to build bridges with all parts of British society.
Further information about the scholarship and application process are available here.
External sources of funding
The level of competition for scholarships is generally very high and prospective students are encouraged to investigate sources of funding early on.
Findamasters.com provides detailed information about sources of postgraduate funding.
UK Government Postgraduate Loan
A new system of postgraduate loans (PG Loan) for UK master's degrees was introduced in 2016. Loans of up to £10,000 are available for eligible students, paid in three equal instalments across the academic year.
A number of eligibility criteria apply, including previous study, age, residency and location of study. Please note that even if students meet all other requirements, they can only be eligible for a PG Loan if they complete at least 50 per cent of the programme in the UK. This means only students who choose to take the second term options at Queen Mary in London will be eligible for the loan.
Further information on eligibility and application information is available at the gov.uk website.
Loans for US students
US students studying at the University of London Institute in Paris are not eligible for US Federal Loans but can apply for a private loan from Sallie Mae. Students applying for a private loan need to notify University of London Institute in Paris Student Services for further instructions to ensure their loan can be confirmed.
Students who receive government funding do not have to pay anything up front, and do not have to start repaying loans until the April after they graduate and are earning above an income threshold. Learn more about funding your studies at University of London Institute in Paris.
For students not receiving government funding, payment is made online through Queen Mary University of London. Find out more about paying fees.
Studying the MA in Urban History and Culture will provide you with a deep understanding of the history and contemporary organisation of two capital cities through a multidisciplinary approach as well as develop a range of advanced analytical and research skills.
Gaining a recognised postgraduate qualification with strong inter-cultural skills and international experience, along with a range of advanced project management skills will prepare you for many career paths or further study.
Previous graduates now work in a range of careers, including academia, NGOs, the travel industry, filmmaking, galleries, auction houses and photography.
Students can access a range of services and tools from Careers and Enterprise at Queen Mary University of London as well as benefit from the experience of the University of London's Careers Group. Find out more about careers support.
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- September 2024 - application deadline closes