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The Culture of the European Renaissance - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

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 taught by academics drawn from the departments of Classics, English, History, and History of Art, and from the Schools of Modern Languages and Cultures and Theatre, Performance & Cultural Policy Studies.

Core Modules:
• Order and Disorder: Religion, Society and Culture in early Modern Venice
• Renaissance Culture and Society

Optional Modules:
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For an indicative list of the optional modules available in this department in the current year please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Alongside postgraduate students from the History and History of Art departments, Renaissance students will spend the first term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture. Classes are mainly taught at the University's 'Warwick in Venice' base, housed in the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which provides an excellent focus for our teaching and research activities in the city.

You will also have the opportunity to spend a further period of up to 3 months in Paris and Venice as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. 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, Italian, and History of Art).

There are no final examinations on the MA programme. Our aim is to develop your research and writing skills to the point where you are able to present cogent, complex and original arguments based on your research of images, buildings, artefacts, documents and other primary sources. To this end, each individual module is assessed through essays. You will write four essays in total, the first two linked to the two modules you study in Venice in autumn, and the next two linked to the two modules you take in the spring term.

The four module essays (each 5,000 words), and the extensive feedback you will receive for them, will equip you to write and research your dissertation (15,000 words), which you will prepare over the late spring and summer to submit in September. During this time you will be requested to submit a literature review at the end of term 2. You will receive close one-to-one tuition from members of staff to guide you through your programme of research and writing.

The final mark for the degree is calculated according to the following weighting: the dissertation is equal to one third of the mark; the four module essays together make up two-thirds of the mark.

Graduate Destinations:

Former Renaissance Centre MA and PhD students are now pursuing careers in academia (in the UK and abroad), the publishing industry, theatre and book trade to name but a few.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

Centre for the Study of Renaissance

Location of study

Venice (1 term) and University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.