The MPhil Renaissance Studies is aimed at those who are interested in the literary and broader cultural aspects of the Renaissance and who wish to acquire a more specialised knowledge of this field. A primary objective is to investigate factors that contribute to the distinctiveness of the cultural productions of Northern Europe, including Scotland. As a bespoke research degree, students on the MPhil will work on a research topic of their own choice under expert supervision.
The research-based MPhil course aims to:
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A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
A sample of work (e.g. English Essay) is required.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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Because the focus on a research project is in large measure of your own design, it is imperative that you contact prospective supervisors in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and discuss your intended research project before applying.
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The core of this MPhil course is a sustained period of independent study, assessed by a 20,000-25,000 final dissertation. This involves a course of directed reading and research, to be agreed by each individual student with his/her supervisor, and tailored to his/her interests. Each student will work on this dissertation across the whole academic year.
In addition, students will pursue a ‘bespoke’ training courses in the autumn and spring semesters. In the autumn, students will follow two courses: (i) an introduction to the variety of historiographical and critical approaches to the Northern Renaissance, and to some of its key cultural productions; and (ii) our innovative arts research training. In the spring, students will pursue two further courses: (i) a specific dissertation preparation module; and (ii) further arts research training.
Students will be required to complete assignments for each of these courses, but they will operate as progress markers rather than as credits towards the final degree. The degree classification will be based solely on the final dissertation.
Our innovative training for graduates enables students to build up a portfolio of skills that prepare them for academic and professional life. All graduate students will work with their supervisors to select what’s right for them from a menu of activities. Each student will build up a portfolio of skills every year. For the MPhil, training will address key research skills including book history, palaeography, and using archives. You may also have the opportunity to learn Latin.
The most significant piece of work on the programme will be a dissertation of 20,000-25,000 words on a subject of your choosing. You will receive expert one-on-one supervision for this project from the outset. Your other courses will enhance the skills that you need to complete this dissertation.
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Completing a Master’s degree as a prelude to further academic research is a route encouraged by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Advanced education in the Arts and the practical experience of research and the production of a dissertation are significant transferable skills for many careers.