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Culture of the European Renaissance MA

University of Warwick

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Warwick

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Gain an insight into the culture of the European Renaissance on this MA. Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance offers an interdisciplinary research environment. The term in Venice will add an international dimension to your profile, and all modules will help you develop and present nuanced arguments, while giving you deeper knowledge of the Renaissance period from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Course Overview

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, History of Art, and from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Teaching

You will spend a full term in Venice, studying the city’s art, history and culture from Warwick’s teaching and research base. 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. During the spring term, you’ll explore the dissemination of Renaissance culture in Europe by completing an interdisciplinary Core Module, attending weekly skills training sessions, and completing an additional module in Renaissance studies of your choice, selected from the courses offered by any of the associated departments in the Humanities. 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.

Assessment

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 start of term 3. 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.

Skills from this degree

  • Advanced interdisciplinary understanding of European Renaissance Culture
  • Advanced synthetic and analytical skills
  • Linguistic, palaeographical, and bibliographical skills
  • Research and Information managements skills
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills

Careers

Graduates from this course have chosen to progress to PhD study and/or pursue a career in academia, museums or galleries, archives, Higher Education and fundraising.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Careers in the Creative Industries sector event
  • Working for More than Profit careers fair and sector event
  • Making applications

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,280per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Warwick

  • University League Table

    11th

  • Campus address

    University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 93

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    158 76%

    17th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    22nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    52nd

    28

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