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The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture MA combines the benefits of an interdisciplinary, cross-period MA with the capacity to follow your interests in a particular discipline or period. You will be taught by a team of specialists across English, History, Music and Archaeology and benefit both from expert classroom teaching and from field trips to important Medieval and Early Modern sites and collections both locally and abroad. Rich local resources will be fully exploited for teaching and dissertation research on the MA, notably Salisbury Cathedral Library and Archive, to which you will have privileged access. You will also have the opportunity to make a guided and fully-funded week-long trip abroad to a European city rich in medieval and renaissance heritage, such as Rome or Paris. In addition the MA core modules will train you in interdisciplinary methods and core research skills such as Medieval and Renaissance Palaeography. You will have the opportunity to study Latin or another foreign language useful for your research. Optional modules will allow you to follow your interests in subjects such as medieval political thought, medieval and renaissance spaces and places, to Early Modern performance.

Introducing your course

Why do scholars routinely differentiate between ‘medieval’ and ‘renaissance’? How can different disciplinary perspectives benefit us in our study of these periods? Explore through this MA how a range of social, cultural and material ‘renaissances’ occurred across Europe in different ways over a long historical period. Discover how combining historical, archaeological, literary and musicological perspectives and hands-on experience of sites and collections both locally and abroad can deepen and nuance your understanding of these interconnected periods. Learn core research skills such as palaeography, Latin, or a modern foreign language to enable you to progress to PhD study at Southampton or elsewhere. Develop your own research interests through a wide variety of interdisciplinary and single-discipline study options and your independent dissertation.


Two Core Modules, From Medieval to Renaissance Parts I and II, will introduce you to key methods, approaches and resources for interdisciplinary study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods. You will learn key skills in manuscript and archival work, including how to assess, read, transcribe and edit Medieval and Early Modern documents appropriate to your research interests. You will also gain experience of working with Medieval and Renaissance source collections through our regional and foreign field trips. Most students of the Medieval and Renaissance periods will take our optional module in Latin, which will equip you to read and translate Classical and Medieval forms of the language. In consultation with the course convenor, however, you may replace Latin with with an alternative language appropriate to your research interests.

View the programme specification document for this course - Please note that updated version of the programme specification will be available after programme validation.

Visit the Medieval and Renaissance Culture - MA page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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