University of East Anglia UEA

University of East Anglia UEA

Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures, 1381-1688

This course offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of medieval and early modern literature in its wider critical and cultural contexts and to develop training in the discipline and methodologies within which scholars explore this material. The programme combines the transdisciplinary critical and theoretical approaches from literature with the treatment by literary scholars of a wide variety of sources and artefacts as �texts�. The integrated picture of medieval and early modern culture that this approach enables is complemented by the additional option of elective modules in history and art history, which ensure a rich and subtly nuanced picture. The focus of the course is predominantly on textual sources of the British Isles, while also enabling extensive attention to be paid to Britain�s relations with the cultural traditions and politics of Continental Europe.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good Honours degree, or minimum 2.1 equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries. For a full list of these, as well as the qualifications / tests that we will consider, please visit our website.

Course modules

All students take the core module: textual culture (issues and methodologies), which encourages self-critical reflection on interpretation of medieval and early modern texts, use of sources, and critical paradigms used to study and interpret the period; students then choose from a number of options that allow them to study different aspects of medieval and early modern literature and drama; modules include: medieval and early modern: continuity, change and periodisation; the actor in space; reusing the past: classical texts in medieval and early modern contexts; reading women; John Milton; students may also elect to study relevant postgraduate modules from the Schools of History and World Art Studies and Museology; students also write a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by coursework, which may include presentations and/or essays of around 5000 words; the dissertation is 15,000 to 20,000 words.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available for UK, EU and international students; please see the website for full details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 12,900 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ East of England

Key information

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