Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies
Our taught MA course 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 course includes the possibility of taking interdisciplinary modules involving other departments including History and Archaeology. We provide an intimate, dynamic and supportive environment for students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Our course 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.
MA: You will normally require an English or English-related Honours degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent)from a recognised university. Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to provide a personal statement. In addition to your three module choices, you will also need to include a piece of written work of approximately 2,000 words in length on a literary subject. This can be any piece of literary-critical work you have completed recently and may be emailed direct to the University if you wish (firstname.lastname@example.org). We welcome applications from holders of international qualifications. For advice on the equivalency of international qualifications, please contact our International Office.
If you choose to take this course, you will be expected to select at least two modules from those available and to write your dissertation in an area related to it. Your third optional module may, if you wish, be chosen from the full list of MA modules on offer in the Department. Students may, with permission, take one module from other modules on offer elsewhere in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. All students must take the core Research Methods and Resources module and the dissertation alongside their three optional modules. Core Modules: Research Methods and Resources; Dissertation. Optional Modules: Typical modules might include: Warrior Poets in Heroic Societies; Old Norse; Old English Language, Texts and Contexts; The Anglo-Saxon 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. Modules are subject to staff availability and normally no more than six of the above will run in any one year. Please use the 'additional comments' section of the application form to indicate your choice of modules as well as to provide a personal statement.
All students take 3 optional modules, taught in small seminar groups of up to 10, with each module generating 18 hours of contact time (9 seminars x 2 hours) over the academic year. A strong emphasis is placed on independent research, and seminars usually involve a considerable amount of preparation, including short presentations and workshop activities. Assessment for these modules is usually by coursework essay. All students also register for the Research Methods and Resources module, which generates an additional 20 hours of contact time over the academic year. Again, a strong emphasis is given to independent research. Both pieces of assessed written work for the Research Methods and Resources module involve significant preparation for the MA dissertation (and in some cases for doctoral study later on). The MA dissertation is supported by 3.5 hours of dedicated individual supervision time. Drafts of the dissertation are read and commented upon by the supervisor.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||8,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||8,000 per Year 1 (England)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||18,300 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||8,000 per Year 1 (Wales)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||8,000 per Year 1 (EU)||1 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||4,400 per Year 1 (England)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||4,400 per Year 1 (EU)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||10,100 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||4,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||4,400 per Year 1 (Scotland)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||4,400 per Year 1 (Wales)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||4,400 per Year 1 (Channel Islands)||2 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Durham University||DH1 3LG||North East|
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