PhD, Early Modern Studies MA
MA Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
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.
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 within the early modern period.
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).
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
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.