Q3S7 MA One year full-time, two years part-time
The Early Modern Studies pathway gives you the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture that existed in Europe between 1300 and 1700. A unique feature of this pathway is that it provides the chance for you to explore the Medieval and Early Modern periods, thanks to our unparalleled research expertise in both fields. Our approach to this material is genuinely interrogative, asking what we mean when we talk of the 'Medieval' or the 'Early Modern', and interdisciplinary: you will examine the history, religion, literature, and visual culture of the period, and be taught by experts working in the Departments of English, History, and Modern Languages.
The specially designed modules enable you to study some of the most influential writers working in the period 1300-1700, including Chaucer, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Montaigne, Donne and Milton, and to address the central issues informing current discussions about what constitutes the Medieval and Early Modern periods.
Central to the pathway is our distinctive approach to the period that focuses on editing, news networks and maps. Our teaching staff are widely regarded as international experts in the editing of authors such as Donne and Milton; we are at the cutting edge of research into networks of literary creativity and patronage in subjects as various as prison writing, psalms and the circulation of news pamphlets; we have cross-disciplinary strengths in the history of mapping from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries; and we are acknowledged as leading the field in exploring the boundaries between Medieval and Early Modern drama and the concept of authorship. One of the other distinctive features of this pathway is the focus on archival training and study, as we concentrate on the impact of developments in manuscript culture and the new technologies in printing and publishing. In all cases, our aim is to generate a historical understanding of the key movements, debates, and ideas which shaped the period 1300-1700.
You take three compulsory modules:
- Early Modern Archival Skills (semesters one and two)
- Early Modern Contexts (semester one)
- Early Modern Studies: Research Preparation (semester two).
Training in Latin is also encouraged. The Early Modern Archival Skills and Latin Modules are assessed by practical exercises and do not contribute to your overall mark.
You will also take two optional modules (one of which may be from another pathway), from a list which may include:
- Public and Private Cultures in Renaissance England
- Reading Shakespeare Historically
- Understanding Religions Historically
Coursework (67 per cent):
- Assessment for each module is a 4,000-word essay.
Dissertation (33 per cent):
- A dissertation of 15,000 words.
Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a first or good upper second class honours (or the equivalent) in English or such related fields as History, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at Master‘s level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students.
For international students, please refer to our International Students section.
Applicants should be aware that English MA programmes are currently under review and that each MA and its core module may be subject to change in the future.
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