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Early Modern Studies MA

The Early Modern Studies MA brings together internationally renowned scholars from numerous disciplines, offering world-leading skills training for research and a wide variety of optional modules. With more than forty options available, covering diverse aspects of the various cultural, historical, economic and social changes that took place in the period 1450–1800, the programme offers the flexibility to tailor it to your own interests.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

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

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The MA combines training in book history, bibliography, and paleography with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the Renaissance and early modern period equipping students with critical reading skills, an ability to assess and weight evidence, and construct persuasive arguments on topics in all areas of early modern studies.

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

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

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 18,000 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.

Funding

Several funding options are possible for applicants including: Arts and Humanities Faculty Awards and UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Many of our students have been accepted to undertake further study as research students both at UCL and elsewhere, including the Universities of Cambridge and York. In addition our students have been successful in obtaining funding and prizes including the Bryce-Jebb and Dorris Russell Scholarships and the prestigeous John Edward Kerry Prize awarded by the Malone Society.

Why 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, French, German, History, Italian, Spanish, the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, to the 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, as well as world-class museums and galleries.

Student / staff ratios › 0 staff › 0 taught students › 0 research students

Department: Centre for Early Modern Exchanges

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The excellence of the English Department, the location in London, and the progressive history and outlook of the institution all attracted me to take up my position at UCL. It's also impossible to overstate how invaluable it is to be situated just down the road from the British Library, with its exceptional collections of early printed books and manuscripts. Senate House Library is also an excellent research resource."

Professor Helen Hackett

Subject: I contribute to the PhD programme in English, and to the Early Modern Studies MA.
Staff review

"UCL has an outstanding reputation and offers a vibrant, research-intensive environment. It's also a great place to teach and engage with outstanding students. My office is just a few minutes' walk away from the great 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. Teaching in such an environment is just bliss. "

Dr Isabelle Moreau

Subject: Comparative Literature MA, European Culture and Thought: Culture, Early Modern Studies MA, Dutch Studies: Language, Culture and History MA, French and Francophone Studies: Language, Culture and History MA
Staff review

"I feel enormously privileged to be in a department that boasts such stellar colleagues, especially those who specialise in the early modern period (1500–1800) and whose research interests and chronological expertise are closest to my own. I have particularly valued opportunities to collaborate with, learn from, or even just discuss literature with these colleagues, in what strikes me as a genuinely amiable, egalitarian department. We are lucky to have, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, some of the brightest, sharpest students of literature, and it has been a joy to teach – and, at times, be taught by(!) – them. "

Dr Chris Stamatakis

Subject: English MPhil/PhD, Early Modern Studies MA

Application and next steps

Applications

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 or cultural industries.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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