Credit Accumulation & Transfer

The Institute of English Studies (University of London) offers credit for LRBS courses.

In order to earn credit, a student will have to complete the course successfully, and pass a 5,000 word essay which must be submitted within two months of the end of the course. An extra fee of £180 per course to cover marking will be charged.

A guidance session on writing essays for LRBS will be held on the Tuesday afternoon of each week. We ask that students read the following information carefully in advance:

If you wish to take an LRBS course for credit, you will need to email the following details to the LRBS Administrator by the last day of your course at the very latest:

  • Your name
  • The name of the course you wish to take for credit
  • Your proposed essay title
  • Your proposed supervisor

You must approach your preferred supervisor during the week and discuss a potential essay title with them. If an essay title is agreed upon with the supervisor, this title will then be subject to approval by the Director of the School. You should also find time during the week to discuss supervision arrangements, including how you and your supervisor will communicate during the two months in which you will write your essay. The LRBS Director will approve essay titles within 5 working days. The LRBS Administrator will notify you of the outcome as soon as possible. 

Students may take a maximum of two courses for credit. A separate email should be sent to the LRBS Administrator for each essay you wish to write. Only in exceptional circumstances will students be permitted to take all three courses for credit. 

If your essay is approved, you will be asked to submit a payment of £180 per essay, via the University of London Online Store. Payment must be submitted by the end of the following week.

Any essays received in September that have not been approved by both the supervisor and the Director will not be accepted.

A full LRBS five-day course will attract 20 CATS M points. Students earning credit in LRBS should be able to transfer it to Masters programmes that they may be following elsewhere in the UK, Europe or the USA. Alternatively, students will be able to take further LRBS courses and build up enough credit to take a Postgraduate Certificate in the History of the Book (60 CATS point required) or a  Postgraduate Diploma in the History of the Book (120 CATS points required) from the University of London. These credits can also be used to gain advanced standing in the MA/MRes in the History of the Book* run at the Institute.

*NB. To use credit gained at the LRBS towards the MA/MRes in the History of the Book, students will have to apply to this degree via the School's formal application procedure.

Guidelines for English Language Competency at postgraduate level.

MA Study

Our MA/MRes programme teaches book history from c. 3000 BCE to 2000 CE. Many alumni establish careers in librarianship, curatorship, and publishing.

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MA Funding

Full-fee funding (home rate) for full or part-time MA/MRes study is available.

Find out more about this and other SAS funding opportunities.