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. This MA is especially designed for students wishing to explore the cultural and intellectual history of Europe between c. 1350 and c. 1650 in an interdisciplinary and international setting. It gives particular emphasis to developments in Italy, France, German-speaking territories, the Low Countries, Spain, and England and models a variety of approaches. Students become familiar with the considerable diversity of methodologies in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, from microhistory to intellectual history to recent developments in literature and art history. It is the only Renaissance MA in the UK to include a full university term in Venice.
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 – Classics, English & Comparative Literature, History, History of Art and the School of Modern Languages & Cultures (French, Italian and Hispanic Studies) – and a series of sessions to develop skills in palaeography and academic writing.
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 ForumLink opens in a new window, the Medieval Seminar SeriesLink opens in a new window, 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 LatinLink opens in a new window 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 for example, Venice.
Deadlines & Funding
Applications for a place on the course should be completed by 31 May for an Autumn start of that same year.
Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR) is offering scholarships of up to £5,000 each to deserving applicants to its taught MA in the Culture of the European Renaissance (which includes a term in Venice) for 2023/24. Applications for funding will be due on Friday, 28 April 2023 (12 Noon, GMT). Full details and application form here.
Why study at Warwick? Check out this video from recent 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...!"
Masters Student, Brett