Taught course

English Literature (Renaissance pathway)

University of Leeds · School of English

Entry requirements

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English or Renaissance Literature, or a degree scheme including English or Renaissance Literature, or in a related subject. Applicants whose first language is not English must fulfil our language requirements of a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS with no grade below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

The Renaissance pathway of the MA in English Literature will enable a close study of a wide range of texts from the period 1550-1640, including poetry, drama, and prose, and a variety of authors including Shakespeare. These works will be analysed in relation to their social, political and intellectual contexts, exploring the connections between the literature and the period in which it was produced.

Depending on the modules chosen, students might focus on various aspects of Renaissance literature and its cultural and social contexts (e.g. the period's religious ideas, political theory and practice, social structures and assumptions), while the compulsory reseach project / dissertation provides opportunities for students to develop their particular interests through the rich resources of the Brotherton Library and its Special Collections of early books and manuscripts, as well as extensive electronic resources.

This distinctive pathway allows students to develop an existing enthusiasm for English Renaissance Literature and to explore further those areas of the subject which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)113 343 4738