Taught course

English Studies: 18th Century and Romantic Studies

University of Cambridge · Faculty of English

Entry requirements

At least a high 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Applicants should note, however, that the majority of those accepted onto English Faculty MPhils has a first-class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants will normally be expected to have taken a substantial number of English courses at a university level and to possess a sound background in the literature of the period covered by the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in 18th-Century and Romantic Studies provides a nine-month course of literary study in "the long eighteenth century" (roughly 1688 to 1832), the period of Enlightenment and the rise of Romanticism, during which many of the structures of our modern world were formed. The course, which consists of seminars and classes together with individual study and supervision, allows students to range widely across a rich array of literary and intellectual sources.

Training in relevant research skills is included. Students will have access to the magnificent resources of the Cambridge University Library, one of the few copyright libraries in the UK, as well as to many special holdings in College libraries. They will be able to take courses from other selected MPhils and to attend lectures in the English Faculty and in related faculties such as History, Classics, Modern Languages, History of Art, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of British 18th-century and romantic literature in general, and of their chosen area of research in particular; and
  • developed an understanding of critical debates which allows the evaluation of current research in their dissertation field.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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