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 >


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