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Faculty of Arts and Humanities
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
MA in Seventeenth-Century Studies
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) houses a vibrant community of researchers, teachers and students. It aims to foster a world-class student experience in all its disciplines, with some 50 full-time teaching staff (including 20 dedicated language specialists). Its research community, which is organised in interdisciplinary groups (Literature, History, Theory; Translation, Linguistics, Pedagogy; Visual and Performance Studies; Culture and Difference), is also home to some 70 postgraduate students.
The seventeenth century was a period of exceptional creative achievement across Europe and it saw an extraordinary range of developments in intellectual, cultural, social, economic, religious and political life that shaped the modern world. With the MA in Seventeenth-Century Studies, Durham's long-standing Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies provides an opportunity for students to study at postgraduate level and with an awareness of interdisciplinary approaches, one or more of a very wide range of specialist aspects of the period.
This MA programme is designed to be flexible and responsive to the requirements of individual students: it enables them to build on interests already developed during an undergraduate degree, with the additional options of branching out into new areas of 17th-century studies and exploring interdisciplinary approaches. With its rich diversity of possibilities for study within a sharply-focused chronological period, the MA offers a stimulating and rewarding year's programme leading to a prestigious qualification. It is also intended as a research training degree for those who intend to pursue further study at PhD level. Durham University has an internationally renowned cluster of academics with specialist research interests in the seventeenth century, and staff teaching the MA are based in different departments across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.