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Early Modern Studies

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Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
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Early Modern Studies MA

The Early Modern Studies MA brings together a group of internationally renowned scholars from numerous disciplines and fields. It provides a broad and flexible overview of the diverse cultural, historical, economic and social changes that took place in England, Europe, the New World and beyond in the period 1450-1800.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The MA focuses on providing world-leading training for research, enabling the next generation of specialists to study and read documents, state papers, letters, and treatises, work on printed books, material culture, art and other objects, understand crucial theoretical and methodological issues and produce fresh insights and new knowledge about the early modern period.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

A defining feature of this interdisciplinary programme is the geographical, linguistic and global reach of the expertise and specialisms of teaching staff.

UCL's strengths in early modern studies are found in departments from English to Spanish, Italian, French, and German, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, History and Philosophy of Science, Centre for the History of Medicine, Law and History of Art.

Located in Bloomsbury, we are just a few minutes walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core course (30 credits), between two (30 credits each) and four (15 credits each) options drawn from a long list (totalling 60 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Early Modern Exchanges: Methods, Histories, Cultures


  • Options may include the following:
    Dante, Divina Commedia
  • Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
  • Sex and the Body in Early Modern Europe
  • Signs, Minds and Society: Early Modern Debates on Language
  • Visions of Power: The Arts and Rulership in Pre-modern Russia
  • Dead Things & Demolition Sites: Cultural, Visual and Historical Representations in France,1598-1889
  • Political Theologies between the Early and Postmodern
  • The Medieval English Book
  • English and Englishness in the Middle Ages: the Politics of the Vernacular
  • Shakespeare in his Time
  • Shakespeare's Afterlives
  • Research Skill and Methods: Shakespeare in History
  • Sephardic Jewry: From Golden Age to World Diaspora
  • Transformations of Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • From Renaissance to Republic: The Netherlands c.1555-1609
  • Theories of Authorship in Early Modern Italian Art
  • Values of Design in the Italian Renaissance
  • Vision and Body in the Early Modern Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Early Modern Horror
  • Art and Culture in the Netherlands (1578-1672)


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of tutorials, seminars, workshops, presentations, class discussions and library, archive, museum and gallery visits. Assessment is through essays, annotated bibliography and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at students with a good degree in a relevant subject who wish to gain the key bibliography, paleography and research skills necessary for a future career in academia or in the heritage and cultural industries.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Early Modern Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Early Modern Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


This new programme aims to train future generations of researchers to be able to work with manuscripts and early printed books from the premodern period, whether as university researchers or in the heritage and cultural industries.

The first cohort of students on the Early Modern Studies MA will graduate after 2013; therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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