Edinburgh’s Master’s Program in Eighteenth-Century Cultures

Posted in graduate students, opportunities by Editor on February 28, 2012

Allan Ramsay, "Portrait of the Artist's Wife," 1754-55 (Edinburgh: National Gallery of Scotland)

The University of Edinburgh’s one-year Master’s program in Eighteenth-Century Cultures — the only program of its kind, based in the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and the capital city of the Scottish Enlightenment, that focuses on eighteenth-century culture from British, Continental, and transatlantic perspectives. Students work closely with an international team of scholars, curators, and archivists, to develop a solid yet innovative understanding of the cultural history of the eighteenth century. The program combines an on-site internship in one of Edinburgh’s world-class galleries or museums or archives with seminar-based academic training.

Students taking this programme work closely with a team of international experts in visual, material, literary, and social history, including scholars based in History, History of Art, Divinity, and Law. We collaborate with archivists and curators from National Museums Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, and other cultural repositories.

Our expertise covers British, European, and transatlantic approaches to this period. This programme provides students with a wide-ranging introduction to the cultural life of the eighteenth century, from a perspective befitting our location in Scotland’s capital. In addition to weekly seminars and research training, leading to a summer spent preparing their dissertations, students on this programme take an internship in one of Edinburgh’s world-class repositories of Europe’s cultural heritage. They develop skills in curatorship, archival management, conservation, restoration of architectural monuments and gardens, or engage in public history. Upon graduation, you will have gained the research and practical expertise in cultural history for a career within or beyond the scholarly world. You will also have had the unique opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our understanding of cultural life in the eighteenth century.

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