University Centre Tonbridge

Engaging courses for part-time study

Postgraduate-level taster courses

If you would like to study at an advanced level or are considering postgraduate study but are unsure if it is the right choice for you, we offer a range of postgraduate taster courses at the Tonbridge Centre.

There are no formal entry requirements so these short courses offer a perfect opportunity to try out studying at postgraduate-level. They do not award academic credits but can be used as preparation and an indication of your suitability for applying for a full postgraduate qualification programme. Further general details are shown in the programme brochure.

The 2018 summer term courses are shown below, and online where it is also possible to book your place. Additional subjects previously offered in this postgraduate-level programme include History and Psychology.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact us.

Art History

Beyond Beauty: The Weird and the Wonderful in Art Practice and Theory
Tutor: Dr Mark Windsor
4 weeks: 11am–1pm
Wednesdays  20, 27 June; 4, 11 July
Course fee £135

Often the works of art that we find most valuable and interesting we find troubling, threatening, disgusting, awe-inspiring—even creepy and weird. This course will examine four such emotional responses to art ‘beyond beauty’: the sublime, the uncanny, disgust, and wonder.

For the full course details and to book your place online, please click here.

Creative Writing

Writing Historical Fiction
Tutor: Dr Alex Martin-Carey
The course will be over three Saturdays: 12 May; 9, 30 June
Course fee £250

A creative writing course for those with an interest in history, this short course will consider key approaches to writing historical fiction and encourage you to write exciting, contemporary material.

For the full course details and to book your place online, please click here.


100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating a Century of British Feminist Literature
Tutor: Dr Claire Hurley
4 weeks: 10.30am-12.30pm
Fridays 4, 11, 18, 25 May; 1 June
Course fee £170

"Women if you want to realize yourselves — you are on the eve of a devastating psychological upheaval — all your pet illusions must be unmasked — the lies of centuries have got to go — are you prepared for the Wrench —?"
Mina Loy, ‘Feminist Manifesto’

Composed in 1914, Loy’s ‘Feminist Manifesto’ forecasts the ‘Wrench’ of 20th century feminist investigation. Taking its inspiration from the centenary of British women’s right to vote, this short course will commemorate the diversity of literature written by women in the UK. Exposing participants to a range of genres, including novels, poetry and feminist theory, we will explore the psychological, social and political forces at play in modern British women’s writing.

For the full course details and to book your place online, please click here.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for these short courses. If you are considering your suitability for progression to a postgraduate qualification programme, entry requirements will differ by subject, but usually require a first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

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Last Updated: 27/03/2018