Postgraduate Programmes: Humanities
The term “humanities” is used to describe the academic disciplines that study the human condition via analytical, critical, or speculative methods. Postgraduate Programmes in Humanities are those that enlighten the student in a human/cultural-related topic, providing them with a general knowledge and intellectual stimulation in their chosen subject rather than giving them a professional or occupational skill. Essentially humanities are academic disciplines that cover the human condition in some shape or form. Postgraduate Programmes in Humanities cover a wide range of interesting topics, from Classics to Performing Arts, and Religion to Law.
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A Postgraduate Programme in the Classics will involve examining ancient literature in the original languages of Ancient Greek and Latin. The students will learn how the language systems work, developing translation and comprehensions skills. They will also examine the societies and cultures of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. In the UK there is a good selection of Postgraduate Programmes in Classics, such as at Birkbeck, University of London. Alternatively it is often coupled with another relevant field of study, for example the Master’s in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter.
History is the organised recording and study of past events, and therefore there are many options when wishing to study a Postgraduate Programme in History, as there are many different areas of history to concentrate on, be it country specific eg the University of Dundee’s Master’s in Scottish History, or time specific, like the University of Kent’s Master’s in Modern History, or even a specific area of History, like Cultural History MA at the University of Aberdeen. Postgraduate Programmes in History will therefore also cover Cultural Studies, Heritage Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies and Museum Studies.
Literature is the study of the written word – the four major forms being fiction, non-fiction, poetry and prose. There is a wide selection of Postgraduate Programmes in Literature from straight forward English Literature, an option offered by many UK institutions, to American Literature, like the programme at Keele University, or more specific courses like the Ancient Narrative Literature MA at Swansea University.
Postgraduate Programmes in Visual and Performing Arts
Postgraduate Programmes in Arts cover a very wide range of art topics, from Visual Arts, including the traditional disciplines of drawing and painting, through to the more modern digital imaging and special effects. This category also covers Performing Arts, those in which the body is used to express the artistic meaning, like theatre, music or dance.
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental issues, often by employing critical thinking. There are many aspects of philosophy available to study in the UK; from the Ancient Philosophy Master’s Programme at Durham University to Newcastle University’s Philosophical Studies of Knowledge and Human Interests.
Postgraduate Programmes in Religion will cover many aspects of many different types of religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Modes of study may include pastoral studies, divinity, theology, religious thought, history of religion and Biblical studies.
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Entry to Postgraduate Programmes in Humanities
Successful applicants will generally be expected to hold a good bachelor degree (second-class Honours or above) from a recognised institution. Check with your preferred institution to see exactly what qualifications are required.
IELTS scores of 6.5–7.0 or TOEFL scores of 100-107 are usually needed. Because of ongoing changes in the law we advise international students to regularly check the UKBA website to make sure they can fulfil the necessary requirements. Most individual institutions also have useful information on the Tier 4 requirements for international students, and can offer assistance in terms of student queries about their specific English language requirements.
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How much will it cost?
A one-year taught master’s programme can cost anything between a few thousand pounds to well over £10,000, although there are different rates according to whether you are a European Union (EU) or non-EU student. Applications for funding or scholarships must be made well over a year in advance (information on the various institutional scholarships is available from the British Council website) and funding should always be arranged before you leave your home country.
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