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Postgraduate Study with the Ruskin Library and Research Centre

Opportunities exist for study at postgraduate level in the following areas:

Why study with the Ruskin Research Centre?

We are a thriving research centre based within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University, and can offer MA and PhD students a unique range of benefits.

Students completing research degrees with us will have access to the Ruskin Library and its special facilities and collections.

As we are a dedicated centre, all staff, both based within the Centre or associated with us (e.g. are part of other departments within the university), have an interest in Ruskin-related study, and a strong research background in the area.

By its nature, Ruskin studies is multi-disciplinary, and as such, we are able to offer programmes of study that reflect this. Our MA modules are based around a variety of disciplines, such as Art History, Religious Studies, English Literature and Sociology.

For our research degree students (MPhil/PhD), the wide range of staff interests and multi-disciplinary aspect means that we welcome applications from students whose previous qualifications are in any discipline and who are interested in pursuing any aspect of Ruskin-related research.We are very happy to discuss an idea or research proposal with you before application stage.

The research and teaching aspect of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Research Office is situated in The Institute of Advanced Studies along with the faculty offices and other research centres. As a Postgraduate Ruskin student you will also be able to take advantage of the facilities provided by the Faculty, including the many events and seminars hosted by other faculty departments that are open to students.

The Faculty brings together 13 departments and associated research centres in a diverse staff and student community. The Faculty prides itself on a reputation for high quality research and a commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for all who work there.

Specifically for postgraduate students, there is an extensive research training programme giving students with the Centre a further chance to meet and discuss their work with students from other disciplines.

We enjoy strong links with Brantwood, the historic home of Ruskin, situated in Coniston in the Lake District. We also have strong associations with other collections in the UK, and abroad, such as The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, The Ruskin Gallery in Sheffield and The Ruskin Library of Tokyo in Japan

We host a specialist Ruskin Research Seminar, to which all students are invited. This seminar brings together a friendly and diverse community of people, not all of them from the university, who have an interest in Ruskin. Students are invited to attend and participate in these seminars, and can give papers if they wish, which many past students have found helpful in preparing them to give papers to other audiences, for example, when attending conferences.

Our students will also be given the opportinuty to publish in The Ruskin Review and Bulletin. This is a bi-annual journal, published by the Ruskin Library and Research Centre. It includes Ruskinian articles, plus news from the Centre, and other Ruskinian organisations such as the Friends of Brantwood and the Ruskin Society.

Contributions on any area of Ruskin Studies are always welcome and our Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit contributions as appropriate, for publication. All students receive a complimentary subscription to The Ruskin Review for the duration of their study.

We are a centre that combines top quality academic research and study opportunities with a dynamic, supportive and encouraging environment. We hope that our courses are of interest to you.

Further information about Admissions, how to apply and funding.


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