University of York

University of York

Renaissance Literature 1500-1700

Students can choose to take classes in the beautiful Minster Library, learn palaeography in one of the biggest archive repositories outside London, study Latin or a range of other languages or join us for trips. In our core seminars, research events, trips, and collaborations you will build up a comprehensive set of research skills, whilst our ambitious and imaginative option modules will extend your current interests, and open up a novel set of perspectives upon both canonical and little-known texts.

Entry requirements

Applicants for MA programmes in English and Related Literature will normally be expected to have obtained upper 2nd Class Honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

Course modules

Core module includes: Reading the Renaissance; research skills training programme; dissertation. Available options may include: Classical Presences in Early Modern Culture; Objects and the Early Modern; The Reformation and the Stage; Religion and the Book; Shakespeare; Theatres of Revenge; Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS elective); Medicine and Spiritual Healing in the Early Modern World (History elective) Neighbours: Social Relations in the Age of the Reformation, 1500-1700 (History elective); Speculation: Culture, Knowledge and Finance in England, 1650-1750 (History elective); Interpreting Northern Renaissance Art (History of Art elective); Sir Christopher Wren (History of Art elective); The Work of Art c.1550-1750 - Redeeming Matter (History of Art elective). Option modules will vary from year to year.

Assessment methods

Four assessed essays of 4,500 words. A 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Board studentships (competitive basis); University offers range of studentships and scholarships for full-time graduate students, bursaries (40% of fee) for part-time students, scholarships (on competitive basis) for overseas candidates of high academic ability, limited number of bursaries (contribution towards tuition fees) for self-financing students who meet unexpected financial problems.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,575 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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