Edinburgh is a city shaped by the Enlightenment; it’s difficult to imagine a better place to explore the ideas and culture of this fascinating movement than in the city where it flourished.
The last intake for this programme will be session 2011/12. From 2012/13, it is expected that we will offer an MSc in 18th Century Cultures as an alternative.
The MSc in Enlightenment Studies offers a unique opportunity for advanced interdisciplinary study in the history of the Enlightenment in Scotland, the rest of the Europe, and North America.
Although Enlightenment Studies is based in history, students may take courses in a range of other disciplines too — philosophy, literature, and the history of art, for example. The programme provides training in the research skills necessary to succeed at the graduate level, as well as specialised options courses and expert supervision for a major independent research project.
Our students benefit from small-group seminars and individual supervision from nationally- and internationally-renowned historians. As core members of our scholarly community, students can also take advantage of an exciting range of lectures, seminars, and other special events that involve our own staff as well as leading historians from the rest of the UK and the wider world.
All of this takes place within the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh — a wonderful place to study any area of history, and especially the Enlightenment. We invite you to browse these web pages and learn more about what we have to offer. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Gordon Pentland (Programme director)
This article was published on Feb 13, 2013