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V300 MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture (1 year)

PLEASE NOTE: Subject to programme validation for academic year 2017/18.


MA in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture MA combines the benefits of an interdisciplinary, cross-period MA with the capacity to follow your interests in a particular discipline or period. Core modules introduce students to interdisciplinary methods and core research skills such as Medieval and Renaissance Palaeography, while optional modules allow students to follow their interests in subjects ranging from medieval political thought, medieval and renaissance spaces and places, to Early Modern performance. The MA is taught by a team specialists across English, History, Music and Archaeology. Students on the MA will have the opportunity to benefit both from expert classroom teaching and from field trips to important Medieval and Early Modern sites and collections, such as the city Salisbury Cathedral and Archive and important European city such as Rome or Paris.


Introducing your course

Why do scholars routinely differentiate between ‘medieval’ and ‘renaissance’? How can different disciplinary perspectives benefit us in our study of these periods? Explore through this MA how a range of social, cultural and material ‘renaissances’ occurred across Europe in different ways over a long historical period. Discover how combining historical, archaeological, literary and musicological perspectives and hands-on experience of sites and collections can deepen and nuance your understanding of these interconnected periods. Learn core research skills such as palaeography, Latin, or a modern foreign language to enable you to progress to PhD study at Southampton or elsewhere. Develop your own research interests through a wide variety of interdisciplinary and single-discipline study options and your independent dissertation.


Two Core Modules, From Medieval to Renaissance Parts I and II, will introduce you to key methods, approaches and resources for interdisciplinary study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods. You will learn key skills in manuscript and archival work, including how to assess, read, transcribe and edit Medieval and Early Modern documents appropriate to your research interests. You will also gain experience of working with Medieval and Renaissance source collections through our regional and foreign field trips. Most students of the Medieval and Renaissance periods will take our optional module in Latin, which will equip you to read and translate Classical and Medieval forms of the language. In consultation with the course convenor, however, you may replace Latin with with an alternative language appropriate to your research interests.

View the programme specification document for this course - Please note that updated version of the programme specification will be available after programme validation.

To Apply

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Application process and required supporting documents

  • University online application including a personal statement
  • Transcript
  • 2 references
  • Sample of written work
  • English language (if relevant)

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Programme Structure

This programme is divided into 180 credits. 120 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 60 credits relating to the dissertation.

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full time); 2 years (part time)

Start date: October

Funding: Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant; Humanities studentships may be available

Closing date: 1st September

Dissertation length: 20,000 words

International students

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements


First- or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a cognate discipline

English Language

IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University

Selection process

Intake: 5-10

Average applications per place: 2

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a cognate discipline.

English language entry requirements:   IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening & speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course

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Typical course content

This rich and innovative programme offers students from a wide range of Arts and Humanities backgrounds the opportunity to study the intellectual history, politics, literature, music, material culture, buildings and landscape of medieval and Renaissance Europe. Taught by specialist staff from the disciplines of History, English, Music and Archaeology, and including modules in Latin and Palaeography, this interdisciplinary programme is designed to equip you with the range of skills you need in order to undertake high-level research in all aspects of the medieval and the Renaissance.

Year 1


The programme comprises 120 CATS of taught modules plus a 60 CATS dissertation (15,000 words). Students take two core modules (From Medieval to Renaissance: Reading the Evidence, Parts I and 2, 45 CATS), Latin or alternative language modules totaling 30 CATS, plus two or three optional modules worth a total of 45 CATS. Full-time students will take all taught modules during two semesters and complete their dissertation by the following September. Part-time students will take taught modules during four semesters, and complete their dissertation by the September of year two.

Students may consider taking a "free elective" or an Individually Negotiated Topic as an option in both S1 and S2, but they should contact the MA Convenor to discuss.


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS FREN towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentLaboratory equipment and materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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