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University of Warwick, Full Time Masters Degrees in History & Archaeology

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This course enables you to apply the study of ancient material and visual culture to a particular historical and geographical context. Read more
This course enables you to apply the study of ancient material and visual culture to a particular historical and geographical context. You’ll undertake specialist research training in art, numismatics and epigraphy that will equip you for further PhD study in these fields, or for a career in museum work or education.

The course includes a core module in Approaching Ancient Visual and Material Culture, plus a core language module, as well as the Core module in Greece. You will also select one optional module at Warwick.

The MA in the Visual and Material Culture of Ancient Greece is the first in the UK to give you access to the postgraduate training courses of the British School at Athens, an institute for advanced research based in Greece. You will have the opportunity to spend two to three weeks in Athens or Knossos, following a full programme of site visits and seminars from visiting scholars.

Admission to the course is subject to the discretion of the BSA/BSR and cannot be guaranteed. Students are responsible for funding their travel to Greece.

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For the art historian, Venice is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. Our MA gives you a unique opportunity to study the artistic production and cultural identity of Venice, and includes a term studying in Venice. Read more
For the art historian, Venice is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. Our MA gives you a unique opportunity to study the artistic production and cultural identity of Venice, and includes a term studying in Venice. Alongside the art and architecture of Venice, the course explores the broader historical and theoretical issues raised by the city and its cultural legacies, such as global connections, colour and perception, and materiality.

The course starts in mid-September with a two-week induction before the beginning of the autumn term. This allows us to introduce you to the department and its procedures. This is a chance for students to acquaint themselves with the university, its campus, and the support it offers to postgraduates. The induction also includes introductory classes on Venice and its art, plus one or two field trips to important art-historical or architectural sites in the region.

You’ll spend the autumn term in Venice at our teaching and research base Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, where you will explore Venetian and North Italian art in situ. On your return to Warwick in the spring term, you take a third module concerned with some aspect of the legacies of Venetian art and culture. You’ll also take a core module in research methods which prepares you for researching and writing your dissertation over the summer.

For part-time students, you will attend the induction and spend the first term in Venice, taking two modules. You then take a third module in the spring term of the first year, the fourth in the spring term of the second year, and you research and write your dissertation over the summer of your second year.Our postgraduates go on to work in a range of creative and heritage roles, in museums, NGOs and the arts sector. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, and pursued careers as curators and academics.

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Our Diploma is specifically designed for students whose background may not be in art history, but who wish to study the subject at postgraduate level. Read more
Our Diploma is specifically designed for students whose background may not be in art history, but who wish to study the subject at postgraduate level. It provides an ideal bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, and many of our Diploma students go on to our MA degree programme.

The structure of the Diploma is designed to move you towards an increasingly advanced level of study as you progress through the course. You will follow a broad range of historical and theoretical modules, beginning with options from our extensive menu of secondyear undergraduate courses. You will then have the opportunity to pursue a specialised area in more depth, choosing from options such as Colour and its Meaning, Mannerism, Visual Art and Poetry, and East meets West.

These specialised modules are taught in small groups and are directly informed by the research activities of members of staff. Your course culminates in a dissertation that enables you to further explore an area of personal academic interest.

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Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research. Read more
Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research.

You’ll work with the support of leading researchers of international reputation, drawing on our expertise in critical theory, research skills, and key research themes from across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as the opportunity to develop your research specialism in French, German, Hispanic or Italian Studies, or in comparative analysis of these cultures. We also provide research skills training, helping you to build subject-specific and transferrable skills.

Our researchers collaborate to teach the core critical modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your dissertation. Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation.

The skills you’ll acquire in research, critical analysis and advanced argumentation, written and oral presentation, project design, and time management will prepare you thoroughly for doctoral research and an academic research career. Equally, you’ll be well placed to pursue professional routes into sectors such as publishing, media, and non-academic research.

Structure and assessment

The syllabus for the MA for Research in German Studies comprises:
-A taught core module on cultural and critical theory, typically taken in the first term, and assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
-Two supervised study programmes (Guided Study Options), topic dependent on the interests of the candidate, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
-A 20,000 word dissertation.
-A skills programme (assessed by two short bibliographical exercises), which includes a library induction/electronic resources in German Studies and general research skills, giving oral presentations and using PowerPoint, writing a literature review, choosing a topic and writing a dissertation, writing a PhD proposal, and applying for funding.

Note that this course is different from the German Studies BY Research MA, in that the latter does not include taught elements.

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Our Centre’s aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean, helping you to develop your awareness of the region and of its historically interdependent linkages with Britain and the world. Read more
Our Centre’s aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean, helping you to develop your awareness of the region and of its historically interdependent linkages with Britain and the world. We encourage the study of the Caribbean in an Atlantic context, emphasising African, North and South American, Asian and European influences from a comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective.

The Centre is an umbrella unit of academics drawn from different departments. If you are writing Caribbean dissertations supervised by these academics, you may be registered at the Centre or in the departments of the respective academics.

Research Areas

Current areas of research expertise are: Slavery and empire in the 18th and 19th centuries; Caribbean maritime worlds and networks; white identities; Caribbean writing in French and Spanish; postcolonial Caribbean texts; pre-1900 English Caribbean literatures; women's writing and feminist theory; disaster law and culture; slavery and law; the Haitian Revolution; postcolonial studies, world literature, literary and cultural theory; gender and slavery; enslaved runaways and maroons. Students will be supervised by faculty members with expertise in these areas.

Regular term-time seminars in Caribbean Studies and Comparative Caribbean Literatures are run within the Faculty of Arts, and form a compulsory element of our research degrees.

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Our Centre’s aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean, helping you to develop your awareness of the region and of its historically interdependent linkages with Britain and the world. Read more
Our Centre’s aim is to stimulate teaching and research on the Caribbean, helping you to develop your awareness of the region and of its historically interdependent linkages with Britain and the world. We encourage the study of the Caribbean in an Atlantic context, emphasising African, North and South American, Asian and European influences from a comparative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective.

The Centre is an umbrella unit of academics drawn from different departments. If you are writing Caribbean dissertations supervised by these academics, you may be registered at the Centre or in the departments of the respective academics.

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The Department has a lively community of postgraduate research students contributing to the research in the Department. All research programmes include a programme of induction, work-in-progress seminars and a graduate conference. Read more
The Department has a lively community of postgraduate research students contributing to the research in the Department. All research programmes include a programme of induction, work-in-progress seminars and a graduate conference.

There are two options offered for the MA by research:
-Candidates research and write a 40,000 word dissertation.
-Linguistic training, two 5,000-word essays and a 25,000-word dissertation.

In both cases the thesis must show evidence of originality in knowledge and interpretation.

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Note. this MPhil can develop into a PHD. All our postgraduate researchers attend the Graduate Research Forum, which meets weekly during the autumn and spring terms. Read more
Note: this MPhil can develop into a PHD.

All our postgraduate researchers attend the Graduate Research Forum, which meets weekly during the autumn and spring terms. It provides training in practical research skills, including guidance on research design, fieldwork and archive techniques, data storage and management, writing skills, proposal-writing, CV presentation, and presentation skills. These forums also enable you to present and discuss your work in progress. If you are a PhD/MPhil student, you will also attend regular research seminars held in the Department.

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As a research student, your closest contact will be with your research supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly (at least once a month during term-time) and agree a programme of research, reading and writing with you. Read more
As a research student, your closest contact will be with your research supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly (at least once a month during term-time) and agree a programme of research, reading and writing with you.

Our research students play a vital part in the department’s research culture. We offer opportunities and funding for students to organise activities and events. In recent years these have included workshops, conferences, invited lectures and postgraduate reading groups.

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Note. this MPhil can be developed into a PHD. As a research student, your closest contact will be with your research supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly (at least once a month during term-time) and agree a programme of research, reading and writing with you. Read more
Note: this MPhil can be developed into a PHD.

As a research student, your closest contact will be with your research supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly (at least once a month during term-time) and agree a programme of research, reading and writing with you.

Candidates for a PhD will be registered for an MPhil in the first instance. Careful efforts are made to match research students with the expertise available in the Department and applicants are advised to read about the research interests of the Department and discuss their proposed research topic with a member of staff before applying.

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If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, the MA by Research may be for you. Read more
If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, the MA by Research may be for you.

This degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a dissertation of 40,000 words, which will be undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. You will be encouraged to undertake relevant research-skills training and, where appropriate, further language study.

Research interests

Medieval and Renaissance Intellectual Culture — the reception of texts and ideas, and their relationship with institutions of learning and habits of reading, including manuscript and print culture; 18th- and 19th-Century Reading Cultures — the rise of the novel and the development of reading cultures; Transnational engagements with Italy in the 20th- and 21st-Century — forms of cultural expression associated with migration and mobility within, out of, and into Italy since Unification.

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Note. this MPhil can be developed into a PHD. This degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a dissertation of 80,000 words, which will be undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. Read more
Note: this MPhil can be developed into a PHD.

This degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a dissertation of 80,000 words, which will be undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff. You will be encouraged to undertake relevant research-skills training and, where appropriate, further language study. You may apply if you already have (or are finishing) an MA, you wish to pursue further research, and have a clear project in mind, which can be pursued under the direction of a Warwick staff member.

You would be initially registered for the MPhil, and upon completion of a successful upgrade placed on the track for the PhD.

Research interests

Medieval and Renaissance Intellectual Culture — the reception of texts and ideas, and their relationship with institutions of learning and habits of reading, including manuscript and print culture; 18th- and 19th-Century Reading Cultures — the rise of the novel and the development of reading cultures; Transnational engagements with Italy in the 20th- and 21st-Century — forms of cultural expression associated with migration and mobility within, out of, and into Italy since Unification.

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Note. this MPhil can be developed into a PHD. You'll be required to write a thesis of up to 60,000 words (exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables and bibliography). Read more
Note: this MPhil can be developed into a PHD.

You'll be required to write a thesis of up to 60,000 words (exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables and bibliography). Work for this degree can be done in any of the areas where the Centre can offer expert supervision. Please consult the staff list to see current research interests.

Please note that all doctoral students are first registered as MPhil students. There is an upgrade procedure in the third term of the first year (for full-time students) or the first term of the second year (for part-time students), in order to register for a PhD degree.

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If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, this course could be for you. The degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a 40,00-word dissertation, supervised by an appropriate member of staff. Read more
If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, this course could be for you. The degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a 40,00-word dissertation, supervised by an appropriate member of staff. You will be encouraged to undertake relevant research-skills training and, where appropriate, further language study.

[Research interests]
-Aristotelianism and Platonism in Early Modern Europe
-Classical Tradition in Renaissance Literature
-Court and Civic Culture
-Dante
-Education in the Renaissance
-Gender
-Greek Diaspora in Renaissance Europe
-History of Art; History of the Bible
-History of Scholarship
-History of Translation
-Intellectual Culture
-Medieval and Renaissance Drama
-Neo-Latin Literature
-Printing and the History of the Book
-Reading Practices
-Renaissance Letters
-Renaissance Venice
-Theatre and Performance
-Travel, Colonialism and the New World
-Visual Culture

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The Department has a lively community of postgraduate research students contributing to the research in the Department. All research programmes include a programme of induction, work-in-progress seminars and a graduate conference.. Read more
The Department has a lively community of postgraduate research students contributing to the research in the Department. All research programmes include a programme of induction, work-in-progress seminars and a graduate conference.

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