Durham University

Durham University

Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies

Our taught MA pathway in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies offers choice, flexibility and the opportunity to specialise within this field. You can learn from the rich variety of research expertise in the Department and you also have the chance to concentrate on a particular area of literary study within the fields of Medieval and Renaissance studies. Our commitment to research-led teaching means that students are able to explore the cutting edge of the discipline - from Old Norse to Renaissance Tragedy, from medieval manuscripts to critical theory. The Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies pathway is especially strong in offering interdisciplinary modules taught in collaboration with specialists from other departments including History and Archaeology. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities.Our programme offers up-to-date training in research methods and skills. You will choose three modules, at least two of which are from within the pathway, and you will write a dissertation on a subject related to Medieval and/or Renaissance studies.An MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies is often the platform for further research at PhD level, as well as providing an excellent grounding for jobs in education, the arts and the media.

Entry requirements

An English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent)from a recognised university.

Course modules

Core modules: research methods and resources; dissertation; optional modules; typical modules might include:; the Anglo-Saxon world, ad 400-1100; old Norse; old English language and literature; the Anglo-Norman world; narrative transformations: medieval romance to renaissance epic; middle english manuscripts and texts; issues in medieval and renaissance studies; renaissance tragedy; renaissance humanism; John Milton: life, works and influence; lyric poetry of the English renaissance and reformation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of English Studies
Telephone number: 
191 334 2500