Cancellation of MA/MRes in History of the Book, 2020/21

We have considered carefully how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will impact our ability to run our degrees.

After weighing up all options, we have reluctantly reached the conclusion that we are unable to deliver this programme to a new cohort of students in the 2020/21 academic year. This has been a difficult decision to take in the most challenging of circumstances. Our primary concern has been to ensure that we are in a position to deliver a high-quality educational experience which meets the expectations of students and delivers the learning outcomes for the programme. We will reopen entrance onto the programme for the 2021-22 academic year. You might also be interested in pursuing courses for credit on the London Rare Books School.

Please do check back for updates on our 2021/22 intake.


MA/MRes in the History of the Book

Our MA/MRes in the History of the Book provides an unrivalled base for the study of a subject that has been the focus of increasing scholarly attention over the past 30 years. Originally considering mainly physical aspects of the book and the details of its manufacture and trade, scholars have come to see the study of the book as an aid to understanding literary texts and as a focus for insight into social, cultural and intellectual processes in history. The course focuses not only on books, but also newspapers, magazines, chapbooks and broadsides. Because the book did not begin with the invention of printing, the course will also consider the manuscript period before print--as well as the book in the digital era.

The opportunities provided for the study of the History of the Book in London under the aegis of the School of Advanced Study and with the participation of so many of London's major institutions are without parallel. By bringing together the expertise which exists in the University of London and the staff of the British Library, Lambeth Palace Library, St Bride Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, students will enjoy benefits difficult to achieve anywhere else.

Courses on the MA/MRes can be interchanged with courses from the London Rare Books School.

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