Two years ago, to the day, I shared that I was going to Oxford for a Foundation course. It was a two-year part-time course equivalent to the first year at university. In these two years I’ve had weekly seminars, dozens of lectures, studied 5 modules, wrote 12 essays (one of 4,000 words and the others of 2,000), had 4 exams, a presentation, and about 15 tutorials. Going for the part-time approach was so good for me, as a mature student returning to academia.
From September I’m going to continue my studies at King’s College London. I will study full-time, which I’m very excited about. They offered me a place from year 2, so I will graduate in two years from now. It will be a big change, especially as I will move to London or nearby (I’m still to decide where I will stay, there are plenty of options to pick from). Yesterday I had a chat with a friend and she suggested a place I didn’t consider before, but that would work nicely.
I will start with some details about the picture. When I edited the picture in Photoshop I realised that just behind me is a book about George IV (just above me, to the left of the picture). This is where the book is in my bookcase, but it’s very appropriate, as King George IV granted the charter in 1829.
Studying history involves a lot of independent study with all the modules involving a 2-hours seminar or an 1-hour seminar and 1-h lecture. In the first semester I will have a mandatory module – History & Memory – which I think is very similar to the presentation I made for Oxford, but involving a lot more research. I know that I will enjoy this a lot. This module asks students to visit a couple of museums in London too, which is great.
Besides this mandatory module, which is in both semesters, I will have two all year modules and another module in each semester. I submitted my choices for the optional modules. I am yet to have these confirmed, but it’s still a month until we’ll start. Of course, I would love to know all the modules today, so I can start looking for relevant books.
The modules are diverse, so it’s a good range of choices, from ancient to contemporary history, from the British Isles to US, Australia, Africa, and Asia. The courses for history will take place in the Strand campus, that’s in walking distance of British Museum, Trafalgar Square, and St Paul’s Cathedral (12-15 min). More appropriately for history, it is the founding campus of the university.