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Culture of the European Renaissance - MA (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

This is the only Renaissance MA in the UK to offer students the opportunity to spend a full term in Venice (Italian language lessons included). 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, it 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:

If you would like to view the modules in greater detail, please click on the module titles:

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Experimental Economics
  • Psychological Models of Choice
  • Behavioural Economics

If you would like to view the full list of optional modules available to you during the course, please visit this page.

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


You will spend a full term in Venice, studying the city’s art, history and culture from our base at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. The programme includes site visits, study sessions in Venetian workshops and behind-the-scenes visits to the warehouses of Venice’s museums. Modules focusing on Venetian culture, religion and art form the opening term, while during the spring term, you’ll explore the dissemination of Italian culture in Europe. 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.

Contact Hours:

For Term 1 and 2, students will have an average of 8 contact hours during each term.

For Term 3 there will be around 2 contact hours. There will be less as students will be concentrating on the dissertation.

Class Sizes:

6-10 students per class.


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. 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. Each essay (each 5,000 words) 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. Your dissertation is equal to one third of the mark with the four module essays making up the remaining weighting towards your final mark.

Previous graduates from this course have chosen to progress to PhD study at Warwick or another institution, and/or to pursue a career in academia, museums or galleries, archives, HE and fundraising.

We typically have an open day once per year, so prospective students are welcomed to check on our website where details will be posted 6-8 weeks before the event.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of Study

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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No specific scholarships are offered by the Centre although the University is part of a number of prestigious government Scholarship schemes, including Chevening, Fulbright, Commonwealth and Marshall. Click here for more information.

Additional Course Costs

Travel to Venice for term 1 modules; possible extra living allowances as the cost of living can be more expensive than in the UK.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.