Postgraduate study at the Centre

We welcome applications from everyone interested in study and research in the 'long' eighteenth century, 1650-1850. We are strongly committed to the creation of a lively research environment, within which you can individually and collaboratively pursue your interests in the culture, literature, art, politics and society of the 'long' eighteenth century.

The Centre offers students an excellent research training, and the opportunity in your own research to draw upon the extensive resouces of the city of York, the University and its broader environment. Our staff have all published extensively within the period. We offer a dedicated computer workroom for CECS students. All members of the Centre are invited to attend an interdisciplinary programme of research seminars and regular conferences.

Why choose the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies?

  • The leading centre for the study of the long eighteenth century in the UK
  • Staff include many leading international scholars of the period
  • Extensive resources of eighteenth-century material
  • Renowned for its informal, friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Impressive programme of conferences and research seminars
  • Dedicated CECS workroom and computer facilities at the King's Manor
  • Access to the new Humanities Research Centre on the main campus, with outstanding facilities for postgraduate study
  • Situated in the historic walled city of York, with easy access to the great eighteenth-century country houses of Yorkshire

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There's a great sense of equality between the MAs, PhDs and staff here... Your opinion is always considered, rather than 'indulged' by the people you work with. The world-class scholarly environment, the big names and the great facilities are what drew me to the Centre, but what I ended up liking most about it were the friends I made here

RH, MA student
2010 - 2011