The programme consists of four content modules plus a dissertation and an assessed research methodology component. Two compulsory modules are delivered in the Autumn semester in Paris at ULIP, and two elective modules taken from a range of options offered in Paris at ULIP and/or in London at Queen Mary University of London in the second semester. You can choose, therefore, between a split-site programme in Paris and London or a full year in Paris.
Full-time study will be organised as follows*:
Students may complete all of these modules in Paris at ULIP, with possible short visits to London, or may choose to spend semester 2 in London and complete some modules in London at Queen Mary’s Mile End Campus.
Teaching will take place in Paris at the University of London Institute in Paris. Students must complete the following two compulsory modules:
Teaching can either take place in Paris at ULIP, or in London at Queen Mary:
Paris at ULIP: Students will have to take the compulsory module – Research design and methods (15 credits) - and choose two optional modules:
London at Queen Mary: Students will have to take the compulsory module – Geographical Thought and Practice, part 2 (15 credits) and suitable electives to the value of 60 credits from the range offered by the School of Geography, School of History and School of English Drama.
Optional modules are indicative and may change from year to year.
Students must declare their intention to spend semester 2 in London in the Autumn term.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.
Dissertation supervision is available from associated faculty from both ULIP and Queen Mary, and dissertation projects are elaborated through a “Dissertation Day” bringing associated faculty and students together in semester 2.
Examples of previous dissertation topics include:
- Paris through the Lens of Agnès Varda
- Here Lived, Here Died, Here remembered: Reading Occupation and Liberation in the Plaques of Paris
- Multiple Identities of the Contemporary Art Museum: the Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Tate Modern, London
- Contaminated and contaminating: the female body in relation to space in Zola’s Paris.Paris by Postcard - How the Introduction of Photographic Process and the Influence of Government affected the Postcard Depiction of Paris in the Time of the Third Republic
- A critique of neo-liberal urban environmental policy: a comparative study of London and Paris and their responses to cycling
Modules are assessed by coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation. Please consult relevant module documentation for details.
The programme is delivered via small-group seminars where you will be encouraged to discuss key issues and participate through seminar presentations. The programme will also be supported by a hands-on approach, including site visits and workshops.
Seminars will be supplemented by consultations with advisers, option course leaders, and dissertation supervisors, which will include opportunities for one-to-one discussions of course content and plans for written work.
Sessions are led by members of faculty from ULIP, and the Schools of History, Geography and English and Drama from Queen Mary in weekly seminars led by staff members with original research qualifications and interests in the area.