University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature

The Renaissance and the 18th Century are 2 of the richest periods in English literature on this course students study, compare and contrast the works of these periods' key authors, playwrights and poets. Students examine particular writers in detail and close-read major texts, as well as broader cultural narratives and changing critical perspectives, each of which helps to reveal the other. Central to the course are modules that explore how key Renaissance writers influence major 18th Century authors and inform their ideas of literary form and style. Students also examine the politics, religion, science and �taste� of the times. Shakespeare stands at the heart of this course. This course provides a solid foundation for further research, as well as being a complete, and unique, programme of study in itself.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree in English studies or a similar subject is required. All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, qualifications accepted include GCSE English; A-level English language; IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component); TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: listening and writing 21, reading 22, speaking 23.

Course modules

Core module: The 18th century: research approaches; optional modules � literature; a range including: (30 credits) the rise of the gothic, 1790�1890; renaissance poets and the English revolution; fiction and reality; 18th-century Scottish verse; poetry and history; optional modules � history; a range including: (15 credits) arguing about 18th-century crime; 18th-century British American colonies; representing the 18th century; history and film.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of assignments, including a final dissertation.

Sponsorship information

1 Sir Frank Kermode Postgraduate Scholarship of �1,000 is awarded on a competitive basis; home and EU students with 1st Class degrees are encouraged to apply for AHRB funding.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Liverpool L3 5PS North West

Key information

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