Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA


This MA equips students with the skills necessary for advanced medieval and renaissance scholarship; in language and in the techniques of reading manuscripts and early printed books. A wide range of historical, literary, palaeographical, art historical and archaeological courses enables students to explore the aspects of medieval and renaissance culture in which they are interested.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

This MA provides exceptional opportunities to master medieval and renaissance languages and to acquire manuscript expertise working with original manuscripts; key skills for those who want to go on to original research. Students with primary interests in many different areas ‒ linguistic, historical, literary or archaeological ‒ will be able to build on and extend their expertise and skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The departments contributing to this degree (including: History; English; the School of European Languages, Culture and Society; History of Art; Hebrew & Jewish Studies; and the Institute of Archaeology) enjoy outstanding international reputations for research and teaching.

We are strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading researchers in their fields.

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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of core language modules (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • At least 30 credits from the following:
  • Old and Middle English
  • Medieval Latin (Beginners)
  • Medieval Latin (Intermediate)
  • Medieval French
  • Old and Middle French
  • Medieval Italian
  • Medieval German
  • Classical Hebrew
  • Rabbinic Hebrew
  • Introduction to Old Norse

Options

  • Up to 90 credits of options drawn from any of:
  • The Medieval Papacy
  • Manuscripts and Documents
  • Renaissance Texts: Resources and Research Techniques
  • The Medieval English Book
  • Anglo-Saxon Court Culture
  • Animals and the Medieval Imagination
  • Comparative History of Medieval Literature
  • Dante: Divina Commedia
  • Travel and Writing in the Middle Ages
  • Europe's Long 13th Century: Governments, Conflicts and the Cultivation of Christendom
  • From Renaissance to Republic: The Netherlands c. 1555‒1609
  • Giordano Bruno
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, 500‒1300 AD
  • The Italian Book, 1465‒1600
  • The Italian Dialogue of Giordano Bruno
  • Magic in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Archaeology: Selected Topics and Current Problems
  • Medieval Manuscripts and Documents: Research Techniques

Dissertation

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and classes. Several courses include site visits to institutions, notably the British Library, the Warburg Institute, the National Archives and the Institute of Historical Research. Assessment is through unseen examination, long essays, course work and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

EU/UK students will be eligible for AHRC awards within the history, english and language competitions. In addition there will be two programme-specific scholarships and the Carol Chattaway Scholarship in medieval history.

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

The Furlong Memorial Trust will award a bursary each year for the best application to the MA Ancient History with an interest in studying the near east.

MARS Studentship

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Margaret Drower Studentship

James Henderson Studentship

History Overseas Bursary

For prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme will be particularly attractive to students with research ambitions who have strong undergraduate qualifications and who are thinking about doctoral research. The intensive linguistic and manuscript training is intended to increase students' chances of acceptance onto and excelling in good doctoral programmes. This MA is also particularly suited to students wishing to extend their knowledge of a wide range of medieval and renaissance topics and approaches.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to show how your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme delivers.


Career

First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include: funded PhDs at UCL, Universities of Oxford, St Andrews, Cambridge, Durham, Cardiff, Lancaster, and UEA; The British Library: Cataloguer; Reuters: News Assistant; Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism: Government Advisor; University of San Diego: Juris Doctor.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • The British Library, Cataloguer, 2009
  • University of Durham, PhD Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 2011
  • University of San Diego, Juris Doctor, 2010
  • Hilligdon Library, Library Assistant, 2009
  • The Cathedral School, Latin Teacher, 2011

Employability

The MARS degree allows students to develop an enviable range of skills through studying European vernacular literatures, Latin literatures, art history palaeography, cultural history, religious history, and political history. This programme not only provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career but is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museum and heritage and the education sector. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Joanna Fryer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1340

Department

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