University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture

The MPhil in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture offers students the opportunity to study of one of the most exciting and formative periods in European history, centred on the key writer in the English literary tradition: William Shakespeare. Students will be introduced to a range of critical and interpretative perspectives, while the modular structure of the programme permits them to build their own courses, selecting from a range of available module options.

Entry requirements

MLitt

Good UK Honours degree or equivalent. All applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 8.0 or above.

MPhil

A good UK Honours degree or equivalent. All applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 8.0 or above.

Course modules

MLitt

Core modules: The continental Renaissance; Shakespeare and textual culture; Renaissance popular culture; learned culture (rhetoric, politics and identity); dissertation.

MPhil

Compulsory modules: 1. Literary Research: Skills and Resources: trains students in the understanding and use of the essential skills and resources of research in English Studies; it also provides preparation for the MLitt dissertation; and at least three of:
1. The Continental Renaissance: investigates the relationship between English and European writing of the period.
2. Renaissance Popular Culture: looks at the popular culture of the period: popular festivity, clowning, jestbooks, ballads, romances and grotesquerie.
3. Shakespeare and Textual Culture: considers the material contexts of Renaissance literary production, including manuscript, print, speech and the editing of Renaissance texts.
4. Learned Culture: Rhetoric, Politics and Identity: explores the influence of Renaissance humanism and the implications of its distinctive interest in rhetoric for sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture.
Optional modules: Students will choose one optional module out of the following three choices:
1. Special Topic in English Studies: a directed reading programme which allows students to explore topics in greater depth than is possible in compulsory modules.
2. a compulsory module from another English MLitt (see module catalogue)
3. an approved postgraduate-level module outwith the School of English (arranged independently with another school such as Classics, Modern Languages, Divinity or Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies).
Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

Assessment methods

MLitt

MLitt: 9 months of coursework and a supervised dissertation (15,000 words). MPhil: 9 months of coursework and a supervised thesis (40,000 words).

MPhil

The MPhil requires 9 months of coursework and a supervised thesis (40,000 words) which is completed over a period of 15 months.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary; Urquhart scholarship. Applicants should visit our Fees and Funding webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MLitt Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,400 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MPhil Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MPhil Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MPhil Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MPhil Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 24 months
MPhil Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MPhil Full-time September 2017 GBP 15,300 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (EU) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (England) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Scotland) 48 months
MPhil Part-time September 2017 GBP 2,061 per Year 1 (Wales) 48 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
School of English
Telephone number: 
01334 462668