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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 offer students the opportunity to spend a full university term in Venice. This MA, which covers the period c. 1300-c. 1650 across Europe, provides a foundation in the art, literature, philosophy, religion, and science of the period, 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 (especially Italian and French).

Alongside postgraduate students from the History of Art department, Renaissance Centre students spend the first term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture. 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 History of Art).

Students will be able to avail themselves of 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 British Library, the Warburg Institute, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the National Trust.

Why study at Warwick? Check out this videos 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