Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme explores the question of what the Renaissance was and what approaches are best suited to understanding it. The programme considers different aspects of Renaissance culture, particularly the social and intellectual histories of England, France, Italy and Spain. You will study with Birkbeck's internationally recognised experts in Renaissance English literature and culture, history of art, French, history and Spanish, tailoring your module choices towards chosen specialisms. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the questions associated with the study of the Renaissance and will have had the opportunity to either specialise or work in an interdisciplinary way; from the start, you will undertake training in postgraduate research skills.

Course Modules

You will take a core course which examines the way the Renaissance has been understood and then go on to choose 3 option modules in areas of special interest to you. Finally, you will choose a dissertation topic under the expert guidance of one of our academics; throughout the MA you work with tutors individually as well as in seminars. Core module: The Renaissance: Concepts and issues. Option modules: art in the age of Giotto: Evidence and interpretation; drama and performance in medieval England; power and control in Spanish Golden Age art; rebellion, dissent and tyranny: England c 1380 ' c 1430; Renaissance Florence: Society, religion and culture; Rome: Place, continuity and memory; Shakespeare's Globe: Culture and contemporary performance; the art of persuasion: Religious imagery and the Catholic reformation; the Icelandic saga; the literature of Elizabethan London.

Course Additional Entry

Good second'class degree, preferably in a subject relevant to Renaissance studies (for example, classics, history, history of art, literature and languages, philosophy or political science). We also welcome students with backgrounds in other disciplines too (e.g. medical, commercial, scientific). If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees