Taught course

Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures, 1381 - 1688

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent. Applicants must submit a sample of academic writing, (essay from undergraduate degree) for assessment. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


This MA offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of Medieval and Early Modern literature in its wider critical and cultural contexts, training in the discipline and methodologies that scholars explore this material. The distinctive date range covered by the MA signifies– 1381 (the year of the Peasants’ Revolt) and 1688 (the year of the Glorious Revolution). The focus of the course is predominantly on textual sources of the British Isles, while also enabling extensive attention to be paid to Britain’s relations with the cultural traditions and politics of Continental Europe.


Study an integrated picture of medieval and early modern culture, complemented by the option of elective modules in history and art history. All students take the core module ‘Textual Culture: Issues and Methodologies’, encouraging self-critical reflection on interpretation of medieval and early modern texts. Students then choose from options that allow them to study various aspects of medieval and early modern literature and drama. A dissertation on a topic of choice, utilising the knowledge, research and writing skills learnt is also required.


East Anglia was crucially important as a centre of Medieval and Early Modern textual activity, and today Norwich provides a magnificent resource for studying the material culture and political, religious and social history of the period. This course lets you explore the vibrancy of Norwich's culture, giving you the skills to approach the surviving heritage of the period studied.


This postgraduate course will equip you with the necessary skills in archival research, such as bibliography and palaeography. You will be prepared for pursuing doctoral research, with transferable skills in research, project management and critical thinking that you are needed to pursue a career outside academia.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515