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 and 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.

The courses below took place in the autumn term 2017; we are hoping to offer similar courses after Easter 2018. For further information or to register your interest, please contact us.

Art History

Looking at Modern and Contemporary Art and Art History
Tutor: Dr Katia Mai
6 weeks: 11am–1pm
Wednesdays   1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December
Course fee £200

Explore and discuss modern and contemporary art and art historical developments from the 1850s – 1990s. The course will consider some of the social, cultural and political conditions in which art was created, exhibited, and collected in conjunction with the fast moving technological changes of western modernity.

Full course details are in the booklet.

Creative Writing

Writing Life: How to draw inspiration from the world around you to craft great stories
Tutor: Dr Alex Martin-Carey
The course will be over two Saturdays: 14 October and 11 November
Course fee £170

Whatever you draw inspiration from, whether the natural world or family history, this short course will encourage you to take control of your own work and write exciting, contemporary material.

Full course details are in the booklet.


Controversies and problems: the Conquest to the Reformation
Tutor: Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh
4 weeks: 10.30am-12.30pm
Tuesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 November
Course fee £135

Using four very different but key events in English medieval society: the Conquest, the Murder and Translation of St Thomas, the Peasants’ Revolt and the Henrician Reformation, this course allows students to investigate controversies of interpretation within the historiography. Through guided reading of selected primary sources students will learn postgraduate level research skills.

Full course details are in the booklet.


African American Writing after 1960: from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter
Tutor: Claire Hurley
4 weeks: 10.30am-12.30pm
Wednesdays   1, 8, 15, 22 November

Course fee £135
Experimental, tumultuous, revolutionary. This course will consider how African-American identity has been shaped in the late 20th century. Reading both fiction and poetry, we will unpack how ideas of blackness have been constructed through literature.

Full course details are in the booklet.


Applying Psychology in the 21st Century Workplace and Beyond
Tutor: Dawn H Nicholson

Full course details are available on the Psychology course page.

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: 04/01/2018