This degree is a well-established interdisciplinary programme, which has been running for nearly 20 years and produces about 20 successful graduates annually. Broadly based, it explores a variety of aspects of Renaissance culture, particularly the social and intellectual histories of England, France, Italy and Spain. The degree is designed to allow you to gain an understanding of Renaissance culture over a wide range of subject areas, while also encouraging you to pursue more specialised interests if you wish.
Entry requirements Good second-class degree in a subject relevant to Renaissance studies, for example classics, history, history of art, literature and languages, philosophy, political science. If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is required.
Renaissance Studies (MA)
Core module: The Renaissance – Concepts and Issues.
Three modules chosen from a wide range. Typically, this includes:
-Art and Patronage of the Early Medici
-Literature of Elizabethan London
-Power and Control in Spanish Golden Age Painting
-Literature of Travel and Discovery
-Magic, Science and Religion in the Renaissance
-Research skills seminars.
Teaching is by lectures and seminars. The teaching staff, from both Birkbeck and other London colleges and institutions, are specialists in Renaissance and early modern literature, cultural studies and history of art.
Research skills seminars provide an introduction to bibliography and palaeography, and to the use of libraries and archives.
Support is provided by a personal tutor for the duration of the degree and by a specialist adviser for the dissertation.
The core module is assessed by a critical bibliography of 2000 words and a critical review of a core text (2500–3000 words).
Option modules are each assessed by an essay of 4000–6000 words.
Dissertation: 14,000–15,000 words.
When to apply
-You should apply as early as possible.
-Interviews from March onwards.