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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. 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).

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: applications for a place should be completed by 31 May for the following autumn.

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

Furthermore, for 2020/21 the CSR will be offering THREE scholarships for Overseas applicants only (i.e., neither British nor EU citizens), one of up to 50% of the tuition fees, two of up to 35% of the tuition fees, to outstanding applicants to its taught MA in the Culture of the European Renaissance for 2020/21 (Overseas FT tuition fees = £ 21,280). Applications for funding will be due by midnight on Monday, 1 June. Funding will be set against tuition fees. For procedures and application form, see here.

Why study at Warwick? Check out this video from current Warwick masters students.


"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!”

Brett. MA 2017-18