Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London

English Studies (Early Modern Studies 1300-1700)

The programme invites students to choose from a number of distinctive pathways. The Early Modern Studies pathway gives students 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. Our approach to this material is genuinely interrogative, asking what we mean when we talk of the 'Medieval' or the 'Early Modern'. Our approach is also 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 students 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 the approach to the period that focuses on editing, news networks and maps. there is also focus on archival training and study, and the impact of developments in manuscript culture and the new technologies in printing and publishing. In all cases, the aim is to generate a historical understanding of the key movements, debates, and ideas which shaped the period 1300-1700.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd class Honours degree 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 3.2. Applicants without formal qualifications can be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Modules include: Early modern archival skills; early modern contexts; early modern studies (research preparation). Optional modules: being an author 1450-1550; public and private cultures in renaissance england; reading shakespeare historically; representing the other: jews and jewishness in medieval and renaissance england; the spatial turn: history, literature and geography; news communication in early modern europe; global interests in the shakespearean world.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by 4,000 word essays (worth 67% of your overall mark). You also complete a 15,000 word dissertation, worth 33% of your overall mark.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,400 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Mile End Tower Hamlets E1 4NS South East

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