The MRes 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.
The research-based MRes course aims to:
- Introduce you to key areas of critical debate in Renaissance Studies by comparing different canonical accounts of the period
- Explore the distinctiveness of northern Renaissance culture, including Scotland.
- Develop a critical understanding of the variety of genres, media and signifying practices employed by Renaissance writers and visual artists
- Equip you with the technical skills necessary for conducting research in this field, presenting information and constructing scholarly arguments
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.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.
Our range of pre-sessional courses.
Modes of study
Full-time: MRes: one year; Diploma: eight months;
Certificate: four months
Part-time: MRes: 27 months; Diploma: 21 months;
Certificate: nine months
Course start date
Use the online enquiry service to find out more or to request a prospectus.
If you are ready to apply you can fill out an online application form now.
Structure and content
The core of this MRes course is a sustained period of independent study, assessed by coursework over two semesters. 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.
In addition, students take two taught modules from a menu including:
- Politics and Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
- Renaissance Sovereignty: Politics and Representation
- Writing and National Identity
Please note that not all these optional modules may be offered in each academic year.
Arts Research Training
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. On a taught postgraduate degree, you may be given specific guidance on what activities you need to undertake for those qualifications.
The most significant piece of work on the course will be a dissertation of 15,000 words on a subject of your choosing in consultation with a member of English Studies. You may choose to develop work initiated on one of the modules you have studied. Those who do not embark on the dissertation may be awarded a Diploma.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
information on possible sources of funding
The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Masters course or £1,000 for part-time study. Further information on the scholarships is available here.