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MA in Culture of the European Renaissance, including Venice Programme


The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, widely recognised for its active research culture and excellence in teaching, offers a one-year taught Master of Arts degree. It is the only Renaissance MA in the UK to include a full university term in Venice. This MA provides a foundation in the art, literature, philosophy, religion, and science of the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, exploring their interconnections with the social and political context. Strongly interdisciplinary, this MA is mostly taught by academics from the departments of Classics, English & Comparative Literature, History, History of Art and the School of Modern Languages & Cultures (French, Italian and Hispanic Studies).

Renaissance Centre students take two modules in each of their first two terms, then focus on their 15,000-word dissertation, due in September. Typically the programme runs as follows. The first term is spent in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture (teaching is provided by Warwick staff in History and History of Art). The second term (back at Warwick) includes a core module, another class from either CSR or an allied department, and a series of sessions to develop skills in palaeography and academic writing. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to swap these teaching terms around for the 2021-22 intake only, so students will go to Venice in term 2 (Jan-March 2022), instead of term 1.

Additional Skills Sessions / Training

In addition to classes, Warwick offers seminars on a wide range of topics. The Centre's own seminar series is STVDIO. Other seminars of potential interest include the Early Modern and 18th Century Forum, the Medieval Seminar Series, and other research seminars in individual departments (such as Classics, English, Modern Languages and Cultures, and History of Art).

The programme also includes a series of skills sessions, for instance in palaeography (English, Italian or Latin), bibliography, and the use of online databases. Students who are familiar with Latin can further hone their reading skills through a weekly seminar in Renaissance Latin offered by the Centre.

Students will have access to Warwick's strong print and electronic resources for the study of the period, which include ITER, EEBO (Early English Books Online), The Making of the Modern World, and Early European Books. The libraries in Oxford and London are within easy reach.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Centre's strong connections with other institutions, such as the the Warburg Institute in London, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and its university partners in Paris and Venice.

Deadlines & Funding

Applications for a place on the course should be completed by 31 May for an Autumn start of that same year.

Financial support is available through government loans and the Warwick Taught Master's Scholarship Scheme.

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, also has available its own scholarships of up to £6,500 each to help offset tuition costs in 2021-22. You must be in receipt of an offer for this course to be eligible to apply for funding. Full details of bursary application and eligible criteria HERE . Applications to the Renaissance Centre bursary funds are now closed for the 2021-22 intake.


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Walking along streets which are still named after the traders who worked on them, studying altarpieces in the churches for which they were designed, breathing the air of the Adriatic while gazing at an impossibly beautiful sunset... Then there's the cuisine! The value of immersing yourself in a culture in this way cannot be overstated. The Venice term, both intellectually and as a unique life experience, was extraordinary -- an opportunity not to be missed...!"
Masters Student, Brett