University of York

University of York

Renaissance Literature 1500-1700

Welcome to 1 of the most exciting periods of English literature and history. The transformations in religion, politics, the technologies of writing and publication, science, and global exploration that took place during these turbulent years, and which continue to resonate today, prompted some of the most vibrant, difficult, and rewarding writing ever produced. We invite you to join a team of world-leading scholars, working at the cutting edge of our discipline to explore this extraordinary world, and trace some of its local, European, and global contexts. 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 second-class honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Core modules include: 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 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 York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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