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MA Renaissance & Early Modern Studies

Course Description


This interdisciplinary taught MA is offered by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. The Centre's home departments are English and Related Literature, History and History of Art, with a further five departments contributing to the teaching of the course: Archaeology, Music, Philosophy, Politics, and Theatre, Film and Television. Students taking this course are offered an unequalled choice of options, with expert tuition, in a supportive and stimulating interdisciplinary environment. The Centre's home is in a new building dedicated to study of the Humanities at the heart of the York campus, and is well placed to take full advantage of the rich archival and cultural resources in and around York.
The MA can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Students are offered a rich and challenging research environment and encouraged to work independently within a clearly defined structure of regular discussion and supervision. On successful completion of the course students will have gained the professional and personal skills required to progress to PhD research or to pursue immediate employment in a relevant field such as teaching, curating or broadcasting.
The course focuses on the approaches and issues that make the study of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries such an exciting and consequential field. It is designed to provide students with an advanced introduction to:

*the relationship between English, British, European and Global cultures during this period of dramatic geographical and intellectual expansion and profound political and religious change
*a broad range of primary materials (from literary texts and court records to paintings and musical compositions) documenting the intellectual, political, spiritual and aesthetic cultures of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
*the archival and interpretative skills and methodological training needed to find, read and interpret these materials and to identify and develop original research questions across departmental and disciplinary boundaries
*the challenges and rewards involved in pursuing research questions across departmental and disciplinary boundaries
*the kinds of work being developed in this area to help students cultivate their interests in their chosen field and help them to prepare for further postgraduate studies or relevant professional employment.

Course structure

*The MA can be studied full-time over 1 year, or part-time over 2 years, starting in October each year
*The MA is modularised and all elements of the course must be completed to qualify for the degree
*The course is fully interdisciplinary, administered by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and governed by the Department of History's Graduate Examinations Board

Visit the MA Renaissance & Early Modern Studies page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)


851.jpg "What attracted me to the MA was the interdisciplinary nature of the programme. Modules are offered across a range of disciplines, allowing the opportunity to study the English Renaissance from a variety of angles, and to develop a range of scholarly skills. I have benefited from the cross-discipline seminars and lectures held by the Department. Coming into contact with staff members from various fields has meant the experts in each are approachable. Studying the Renaissance from a number of perspectives gives a truly comprehensive view of the period."

(Student Profile)


852.jpg "At CREMS I jumped at the chance to study in an environment where an interdisciplinary outlook would be encouraged. Although it was initially daunting stepping into an English or History of Art seminar, I have found this a welcome challenge that stretches me academically. It is surprising how much overlap there is between the disciplines, so you shouldn't be afraid of a lack of knowledge when applying. Everyone brings a different and welcome perspective to discussion."

(Student Profile)


1444.jpg "I had such a brilliant year in CREMS! The opportunity to spend a term within
the music department was fantastic. In fact, the interdisciplinary perspective
of CREMS was so inspiring that I decided to stay on and am now embarking upon
a PhD exploring Music and the English Catholic Community."


CREMS University of York Scholarship - 2 Awards

Two Scholarships are offered by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies for the Centre's interdisciplinary MA in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Each Scholarship is worth £2,000 towards the course fee. All eligible applications received by the end of July 2014 will be considered.

Value of Scholarship(s)



ALL Full-time or Part-time candidates starting in October 2014, who are not in receipt of any other major award, are eligible to apply. Candidates from the UK, EU and Overseas may apply.

Application Procedure

All confirmed offers, conditional and unconditional, that have been accepted by the student by the end of July 2014 will be considered. There are no additional forms to complete. Successful candidates will be informed by the Centre.

Further Information



York Masters Opportunity Scholarships 2014/15 - 20+ Awards

York University is offering 60 taught Masters scholarships worth £10,000 each to students liable to pay fees at the home rate entering in 2014. This is part of a HEFCE initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups.Priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following widening participation criteria: - Have been in Local Authority Care or supported by the Foyer Federation
- Be or have been in receipt of the Disabled Students’ Allowance
- Have been in receipt of the maximum Maintenance Grant whilst an undergraduate
- Be first in family (not including siblings) to attend higher education on entry to undergraduate study
- Be from a Low Participation Neighbourhood (defined by home postcode on entry to undergraduate study) The £10,000 will be paid as a £6,200 fee waiver and £3,800 stipend paid in 4 installments over the academic year.The closing date for applications is 2 June 2014.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scholarships are available to students in any department who meet the following criteria: - Have been offered a place for entry to a taught Masters programme in 2014.
- Be liable to pay fees at the home rate.

Application Procedure

Download and complete the York Masters Opportunity Scholarships application form (http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/postgraduate/masters-opportunity/#tab-2).Submit the completed form, with evidence as requested on the form, and a typed personal statement. Closing date for fully completed applications is 5pm, Monday 2nd June 2014.Forms can be requested from, and should be returned to: Student Financial Support Unit,
Student Support Hub,
Market Square,
University of York,

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MA should normally have, or be expected to obtain, a good honours degree (2:1 or higher) or its equivalent in an appropriate subject at undergraduate level. Where English is not the first language, the minimum required IELTS language qualification score is 7.0 (TOEFL score 620, Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English grades A and B). Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at Masters level will also be considered.

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