University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture

The MLitt 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. aught modules are comprised of weekly seminars and cover both elite and popular writing, the influence of other continental vernaculars, and the importance of print and manuscript media. Class sizes typically range from three to ten students. Modules are assessed through coursework essays. The School of English prides itself on its support of student work through detailed feedback and commentary. During the course of the year, but with particular focus during the last four months, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements/

Course modules

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

Modules are assessed through coursework essays. The School of English prides itself on its support of student work through detailed feedback and commentary.
During the course of the year, but with particular focus during the last four months, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing.

Sponsorship information

Please 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 Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (EU) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (England) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,090 per Whole course (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years

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