Taught course

Medieval and Renaissance Literature

University of Cambridge · Faculty of English

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2:1 Honours Degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance literature is one of the most successful courses of its kind. Each year it attracts a first-class intake of students from the UK and abroad, and its graduates have an outstanding record in gaining employment in the academic world and outside. The Medieval and Renaissance strands are separate, but it is possible to borrow some elements, and this is not uncommon. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on his or her chosen dissertation topic, as well as participating in seminars and classes. Training in how to read a manuscript and early printed materials ensures that every student on the course is able to make use of the extensive collections in the University Library and in College libraries.

Cambridge has a distinguished international reputation in English and in many other fields in the humanities (for example, Classics, Modern and Medieval Languages, History, Philosophy, and History of Art), and students on this course may be able to attend lectures offered by any faculty within the school. This creates a learning environment which naturally enables interdisciplinary work. The course lasts nine months, with the last few months being devoted to intensive work on the dissertation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should have developed:

  • a comprehensive knowledge of their chosen area of research and of the critical debates within it
  • a wider knowledge of the literary writing of the period and the traditions that inform scholarship devoted to that writing
  • skills in palaeography and codicology which will enable them to undertake research in the field

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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