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V300 MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture (1 year)

PLEASE NOTE: This programme is suspended for academic year 2016/17.

A range of social, material and cultural practices that can be categorised as ‘renaissances' occurred in different ways, at different rates, and with different effects in the various countries of Europe over a very long period of time, depending on local cultural traditions or political and religious identities. These continuities and contrasts mean that it makes sense to consider the medieval and Renaissance periods together.

This MA programme is a reflection of the research interests of the academic staff associated with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture (CMRC). CMRC staff are drawn from multiple disciplines (English, History, Archaeology, Music), and seek to collaborate in applying a broad range of research approaches and contexts to a shared set of questions and topics.


Introducing your course

Have you ever wanted to examine medieval culture? What about how Latin language has had an impact throughout history? Then apply for the MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture programme and expand your knowledge of these widely studied periods in history. Examine the importance of this era and how it has shaped society as we know it. The excellent facilities and resources provided at Southampton will allow you to excel in your chosen topic of study. A significant proportion of our students continue into PhD research, many at the University of Southampton and some with funding from our various scholarship awards and through the AHRC ‘South West and Wales’ consortium. Other students move into the heritage sector, arts or heritage management and education.


In the core module, ‘From Medieval to Renaissance: Reading the Evidence', you will explore the fascinating history, religion, politics and culture of the medieval and early modern periods and will be taught how to access, read and analyse key primary sources from the period. All students are required to follow a Latin module, which will familiarise you with the classical and medieval forms of the language, as well as a Palaeography module which will enable you to read original documents in Latin and English. Two optional modules then allow you to explore and pursue your own interests within the period in greater detail.

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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. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 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 six taught modules (four compulsory modules and two options) plus a dissertation (20,000 words). 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 (20,000 words) 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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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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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