Research course

Renaissance Studies

University of Warwick · Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
MA by research

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

Months of entry

September, October

Course content

If you already have a considerable base of knowledge and a firm idea of where your interests lie, this course could be for you. The degree requires no coursework; the main focus is a 40,000-word dissertation, supervised by an appropriate member of staff. You will be encouraged to undertake relevant research-skills training and, where appropriate, further language study.

Areas for research supervision include:

Aristotelianism and Platonism in Early Modern Europe; Classical Tradition in Renaissance Literature; Court and Civic Culture; Dante; Education in the Renaissance; Gender; Greek Diaspora in Renaissance Europe; History of Art; History of the Bible; History of Scholarship; History of Translation; Intellectual Culture; Medieval and Renaissance Drama; Neo-Latin Literature; Printing and the History of the Book; Reading Practices; Renaissance Letters; Renaissance Venice; Theatre and Performance; Travel, Colonialism and the New World; Visual Culture.

Department specialisms

The Centre currently has over thirty members drawn from the academic staff of the departments of Classics, English & Comparative Literature, Theatre Studies, French & Italian Studies, History, and History of Art. Geographically, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance has particular strengths in Renaissance and Early-Modern England and Britain, Italy, France, and central Europe (especially Germany and Switzerland). Particularly strong topics include: • History of the Book and Reading Practices • Religious Art, Polemics, Thought, and Literature • The Classical Tradition (including neo-Latin and vernacular cultures; Plato; Aristotle) • The History of Ideas (especially science and medicine, ethics and politics) • Theatre and Performance (especially in England) • Gender • Society and Power • Court and Civic Culture • Renaissance Learned Culture (including humanist circles, academies, universities) • Popular Culture • Visual Culture and Debates on the Arts • Venetian Economy, Art and Culture • Travel, Colonialism and the New World

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Not applicable

Information for international students

For guidance on English language requirements, please visit this page:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585