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Birkbeck, University of London: Renaissance Studies

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department English, Theatre and Creative Writing
Web http://www.bbk.ac.uk
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught

Summary

The MA in Renaissance Studies explores the question of what the Renaissance was and what approaches are best suited to understanding it.

From the start, you will undertake training in postgraduate research skills. For example, in the second term of your degree you are offered practical study of palaeography. The summer core course is based around the materials of Renaissance evidence: objects, painting, manuscript and print. We explore a range of methodologies.

On this Master's in Renaissance Studies you will consider different aspects of Renaissance culture, particularly the social and intellectual histories of England, France, Italy and Spain. You will study with Birkbeck's internationally recognised experts in Renaissance English literature and culture, history of art, French, history and Spanish, tailoring your module choices towards chosen specialisms. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the questions associated with the study of the Renaissance and will have had the opportunity to either specialise or work in an interdisciplinary way.

Highlights

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • Two places may be available to MA Renaissance Studies students for training at the Globe Theatre (contact Programme Director Gillian Woods for details).

  • In addition to the core teaching and individual research support, you will benefit from many Birkbeck Renaissance events, including our day on 'Researching the Text'. You will have the opportunity to attend the London Renaissance Seminar, a forum held at Birkbeck where you will be able to hear some of the best scholars in the field presenting and discussing their newest research in all aspects of early modern literature, history and culture.

  • The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

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