Taught course

English Literature (Renaissance pathway)

University of Leeds · School of English

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in English or a related subject or equivalent qualification.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the literature of the Renaissance: a period of political power struggles, religious reform, scientific
advancement and humanist philosophy. This course allows you to explore the literature of a time of rapid social, political, religious and intellectual change.

Widely seen as a period of intense creativity, the Renaissance also saw civil unrest and an influx of foreign influences through trade, conflict and the advent of British imperialism that would change the cultural landscape of the country forever.

You’ll have opportunities to engage with a broad range of creative responses to these unsettled times, including plays, poetry, sermons, translations, political tracts and court entertainments.

Throughout the course, you’ll be able to pursue areas of personal interest, and you’ll have the chance to further expand your explorations through an independent research project.

Specialist resources

The University of Leeds Library is one of the UK's major academic research libraries. It has extensive holdings to support your studies, including English Literature Collections that have been designated of national and international importance.

Our Special Collections offer a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art, including the Brotherton Collection of Manuscript Verse, and first or early editions of works by John Donne, Philip Sidney, John Milton, Ben Jonson, James Shirley, John Fletcher, Philip Massinger and William Shakespeare.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. For further information please click here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
(+44) (0) 113 343 0277