Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme invites students to choose from a number of distinctive pathways. The Early Modern Studies pathway gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture that existed in Europe between 1300 and 1700. A unique feature of this pathway is that it provides the chance for you to explore the Medieval and Early Modern periods. Our approach to this material is genuinely interrogative, asking what we mean when we talk of the 'Medieval' or the 'Early Modern'. Our approach is also interdisciplinary: you will examine the history, religion, literature, and visual culture of the period, and be taught by experts working in the Departments of English, History, and Modern Languages. The specially designed modules enable students to study some of the most influential writers working in the period 1300'1700, including Chaucer, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Machiavelli, Montaigne, Donne and Milton, and to address the central issues informing current discussions about what constitutes the Medieval and Early Modern periods. Central to the pathway is the approach to the period that focuses on editing, news networks and maps. there is also focus on archival training and study, and the impact of developments in manuscript culture and the new technologies in printing and publishing. In all cases, the aim is to generate a historical understanding of the key movements, debates, and ideas which shaped the period 1300'1700.

Course Modules

Modules include: Early modern archival skills; early modern contexts; early modern studies (research preparation). Optional modules: being an author 1450'1550; public and private cultures in renaissance england; reading shakespeare historically; representing the other: jews and jewishness in medieval and renaissance england; the spatial turn: history, literature and geography; news communication in early modern europe; global interests in the shakespearean world.

Course Additional Entry

An upper 2nd class Honours degree in English or such related fields as history, cultural studies and media studies. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2. Applicants without formal qualifications can be considered on an individual basis.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees