Taught course

Early Modern History

University of Warwick · Department of History

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

This programme explores religious, social, economic and cultural developments in the early modern world, including the strains created by soaring prices and population, and heightened social mobility.

Warwick has a particularly strong concentration of Renaissance and Early Modern scholars who work on areas in the world from England to China, and many places in between. The Term 1 core module, Themes in Early Modern History provides a critical perspective on the complex religious, social, political and cultural history of the period, while the Early Modern seminar series gives you the opportunity to engage in current academic debates with other students and academics. Many on this degree also engage with the lively programme of lectures, seminars and conferences hosted by the Department’s European History Research Centre and the Global History & Culture Centre.

In addition to developing in-depth subject knowledge, the programme will help you to acquire the conceptual and practical skills needed to conduct PhD research in Early Modern history.

Module content

On the MA Modern History, MA in Early Modern History, MA in Global and Comparative History, and MA in the History of Medicine, your study will be anchored in a theoretically and methodologically challenging core module on the practice of historical research. These degree courses will develop your understanding of methods and approaches to historical study, and help you gain useful research skills. Taught elements are complemented by a 15,000 word dissertation (20,000 for MA in History of Medicine students), which you will complete under the supervision of one of the Department’s faculty members. The research skills you develop will leave you well placed to pursue further MPhil and PhD research.

Outside academia, postgraduates from these courses have entered careers including teaching, publishing, curatorial and heritage positions, political campaigning, and roles in the creative sector.

Information for international students

For guidance on English language requirements, please visit our website.

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 and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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