MA in Early Modern Studies

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The MA in Early Modern Studies is a unique, multidisciplinary course which offers an innovative blend of skills training, object-based learning and museum visits.

  • A bespoke programme of study, unique to your interests; the core modules cover a wide range of disciplines, giving you a broad understanding of the early modern period. You can then tailor your programme to suit your interests, with over forty optional modules, all taught by leading scholars, in a wide range of subjects including art, history, law, literature, politics and science.
  • Practical, hands-on teaching, with ‘traditional’ skills such as palaeography and textual bibliography taught alongside the latest techniques in databases and XML. The programme includes fieldtrips to museums, archives and galleries.
  • Privileged access to a wide range of rare-books libraries, world-class museums, and manuscript-related archives in central London. Located in Bloomsbury, it is a short walk to the exceptional resources of the British Library and the British Museum.

The MA is 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, and currently has 3 compulsory modules:

  • One covering vernacular Renaissance and research skills
  • One covering global Renaissances and Intellectual History
  • A dissertation (18,000 words)

Students can then select 2-4 optional modules, based on their academic interests.

CELL offers a range of optional modules, though not all are available every year:

Other modules are available from other departments and MA programmes within UCL.

For more information on the degree, including entry requirements and how to apply see the online prospectus.