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MA - Culture of the European Renaissance

University of Warwick    Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Full time & Part time See Course MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

Gain an insight into the culture of the European Renaissance on this MA. Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance offers an interdisciplinary research environment. The term in Venice will add an international dimension to your profile, and all modules will help you develop and present nuanced arguments, while giving you deeper knowledge of the Renaissance period from a range of disciplinary

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Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

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Student Profile(s)

Ryan Young

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance offered me the chance to find my specialist subject whilst becoming involved in a rich and diverse inter-disciplinary department. Both in Venice and at Warwick we were surrounded by staff and other post-graduate students from a range of academic backgrounds each with their own interests and special expertise. At the Centre I continued to study my specialisation in Italian Renaissance History alongside courses in Venetian Art History, Early Modern French literature, Elizabethan domestic tragedies and many other topics. As such when it came to my dissertation, I was able to apply a more varied set of skills to my chosen subject area so as to produce a coherent yet engaging body of work. Even though I stuck to my specialisation in Italian History, I felt my time at the centre encouraged me to experiment with new and exciting sources. In my case I chose to examine examples of Italian handbooks intended to provide medical advice to midwives and families, including a famous gynaecological treatise by the grandfather of the notorious Florentine preacher Girolamo Savonarola.

I had already spent three months in Venice as part of my undergraduate degree; returning there for my Masters, however, allowed me to consolidate the experiences from my previous visit. I became highly attached to Venice (and its libraries of course), which became a very familiar home away from home. Very few degrees offer such a lifetime experience, where you can touch and live amongst the subject you are studying. Delving into Venice’s unique urban geography and profound archives gave me the chance not merely to read but also to experience my studies and I would certainly recommend it to anyone. This experience had such an effect on me that I am currently planning to work abroad in Italy teaching English as a foreign language. I have long been studying Italian and have a desire to fully consolidate my language skills, which partly inspired my plans to work in Italy. But it was the Venice term that confirmed my passion for the country. I have applied for a place on the British Council’s scheme to teach as an English Language Assistant and have recently completed a 168-hour TEFL course to help me towards this goal; my hope is to use this experience to find more permanent work as a full-time English Language Teacher.


The University of Warwick will be offering the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme to support eligible postgraduate students in 2020/2021. The Scheme has £500,000 to allocate and we expect to make a minimum of 50 awards. Awards are set at up to £10,000 per student and available to eligible Home fee status students from under-represented groups who wish to start a postgraduate taught masters course in 2020/2021.

The Warwick Taught Masters scholarships are valued at up to £10,000. The scholarship will be paid as a contribution towards your tuition fees.
Where a tuition fee is lower than £10,000, you will be awarded up to the amount to cover your tuition fee for 2020/2021 only. Awards are not transferable to stipends.

Note: If you are in receipt of a full fee waiver, including in receipt of an NHS Bursary or Social Work Bursary, you will not be eligible for the award

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000


In order to be eligible to apply you need to be able to answer yes to all three questions below, and further levels of eligibility criteria also apply, see website for more details.
1. Are you applying for a full-time Masters course, or a part-time Masters course that will be studied over a maximum of 2 years, starting in October 2020?
2. Are you eligible to pay tuition fees at the Home fee rate?
3. Can you confirm that you do not already hold a Masters (or Integrated Masters) or PhD qualification?

Application Procedure

All applicants are advised to read the Guidance Notes for Applicants on the website. These provide full details about the required evidence and further information about eligibility for the scheme. All required evidence must be provided by the application deadline.

There will be two rounds of WTMSS applications for 2020/2021 entry, the main portion of funding will be allocated during the first round.
The first round will open on 1st March 2020. The deadline for applications to be received is 1 April 2020 (16:00hrs).

The second round will open for applications on 1 May 2020 and will close on 1 July 2020 (16:00hrs).

All required evidence must be provided by the deadline. Applicants must have also applied for admission to the University for study in 2020/2021 by the deadline.

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