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Renaissance and Early Modern Studies - MSc
This innovative, interdisciplinary Masters programme will give you the unique opportunity to study the Renaissance in all its facets – histories, literatures, arts and science.
The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition in the humanities and one of the largest humanities faculties in any UK university. Together with partner institutions in the city of Edinburgh, we offer an exceptional wealth of texts and objects in the field to underpin and enrich your learning, from world-renowned paintings by Botticelli, Titian, and Rembrandt, to early printed editions of Shakespeare’s plays, historic buildings, archives and early modern scientific instruments.
You will work with staff and students who have chosen to come to Edinburgh from all around the globe; people with a wide and exciting range of specialisms, from Renaissance maps, armour, theatre, cosmetics, prints and printed books to artists’ tools and early telescopes, to name but a few.
Through our flagship internship programme, you will have the opportunity to gain work experience in one of a variety of contexts, including world-class museums, galleries and libraries.
What will I study?
You will join an ambitious, questioning and stimulating international research environment in which you can develop your work to its full potential.
The programme is underpinned by core courses in research skills that run over the full teaching year, both in your chosen subject area of concentration – History, History of Art, or Literature – and by an interdisciplinary course focused on Renaissance and Early Modern topics.
Beyond that, you will be able to choose from a wide range of optional courses on diverse topics in Music, Architecture, Religion, History of Art, History of Science, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as our intensive field study course in Italy, and our internship programme.
Where will it take me?
The programme will encourage you to develop both subject-specific and generic research skills.
It prepares students who wish to study further for entry to the PhD programme.
Through our internship programme in particular, it will also provide you with the skills and experience to work in museums, galleries, archives and libraries.
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This programme is taught by staff across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Some of the staff who teach on this programme can be found on the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies website. | View Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies staff list >
Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.
An amalgamation of the University's extensive art collection and ECA’s collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture.
A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
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The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.
At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
ECAfé provides a full catering service to all staff, students and visitors to Edinburgh College of Art.
Edinburgh Global's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.
EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.
Information and guidance on financial matters for all students of the University of Edinburgh.
A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
Including journals, image databases, and local collections.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.
The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.
Caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
Offering counselling services for students, workshops, consultation and training for staff.
Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
Home to six distinctive bars, Teviot is the oldest purpose built students' union in the world.
265 plaster casts of Antique, Renaissance, and Gothic statues, bas reliefs, and architectural passages.
A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.
A bar at the Lauriston Campus which hosts regular events including club nights and gigs.
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Putting original research and knowledge into practice at the Talbot Rice Gallery.
Professor Herbert Kessler joins us from Johns Hopkins University to speak about medieval glass and spirituality.