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The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies was founded in 1996 at the University of York and is based at the historic King's Manor in the heart of the city. Its staff members are drawn from the departments of Archaeology, English, History, and History of Art. The Centre has a lively research community within which students can individually and collaboratively pursue their interests in the history, culture, politics, literature, art and society of the period.

Postgraduate study

Taught courses

Our highly successful MA in Eighteenth Century Studies offers a wide choice of taught and practical modules. As an MA student at York, you'll combine your own specialised research with intensive seminar study under the guidance of a leading authority in your field.

Research degrees

If you're interested in pursuing a research degree, our staff are experts on a wide range of topics. We're always happy to hear research proposals, so please get in touch.


Going to CECS for postgraduate study was one of the best decisions of my life. The superb teaching and collegial research environment stimulated, challenged and inspired me

DH, English Lecturer


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Call for Papers

Fairfax House Symposium
Retail Realms: Shops, shoppers and shopping in 18th-century Britain, c. 1680-1830
22-23 October 2015

Welcome to  our new MA students!

Important information for the start of term



Difficult Women 1680-1830

CECS day conference: Difficult Women


'Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Print and Narrative'

Cynthia Wall (University of Virginia)