University of Leeds

University of Leeds

English Literature (Renaissance pathway)

The programme will enable a close study of a wide range of texts from the period 1550-1640, including poetry, drama, and prose, and a variety of authors including Shakespeare. These works will be analysed in relation to their social, political and intellectual contexts, exploring the connections between the literature and the period in which it was produced.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in English or in a closely related subject. Applicants whose 1st language is not English must fulfil our language requirements of a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS with no grade below 6.0.

Course modules

Depending on the modules chosen, students might focus on various aspects of Renaissance literature and its cultural and social contexts (e.g. the period's religious ideas, political theory and practice, social structures and assumptions), while the compulsory reseach project / dissertation provides opportunities for students to develop their particular interests through the rich resources of the Brotherton Library and its Special Collections of early books and manuscripts, as well as extensive electronic resources.

Assessment methods

The Research Project / Dissertation module is studied over both Semesters, with students working towards the submission deadline at the end of the course in September. Chosen research projects / dissertation topics must lay within the field of English Renaissance literature.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of English
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