Postgraduate study

Renaissance & Early Modern Studies

Awards: MSc

Funding available

This programme will not be running for the 2018/19 academic year.

This innovative programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of Renaissance and Early Modern culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.

It also offers the opportunity to work closely with Renaissance and Early Modern collections in Edinburgh, from paintings by Botticelli or Titian, to early printed editions of Shakespeare, pioneering scientific texts, historic buildings and archival documents.

You will be part of Edinburgh’s vibrant academic culture with its weekly History of Art Research Seminar series and regular talks organised by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies by leading scholars in the field.

The first two semesters are based around small-group teaching and a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, one-to-one supervision and private study. You will be examined through coursework and a dissertation.

As well as the choice of a full range of option courses taught by experts in different humanities subjects, you will have the opportunity to apply for an internship at a local museum, gallery or library. On acceptance, the internship option will require you to work one day a week at the host institution. From April to September, you will be engaged full-time researching and writing your dissertation.

There may also be the option of an intensive course taught in Italy, subject to availability.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRenaissance and Early Modern Studies1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2017/18
MScRenaissance and Early Modern Studies2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2017/18

Students will develop:

  • an interdisciplinary understanding of the key changes in European cultural life between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment;
  • familiarity with the variety of materials that can be used to explore this cultural life and the changes it underwent;
  • a critical understanding of some of the principal ways in which these changes have been conceptualised and their significance articulated by scholars, past and present;
  • skills that will allow them to undertake the kind of independent research required in fields such as collections management and curatorship, work in historic buildings or landmarks, as well as going on to further academic research at PhD level.

You may choose to take your research skills and advanced knowledge into the area of doctoral research and work towards an academic career. Alternatively, you will be equipped to enter the cultural heritage field, especially with the practical experience you gain through the internship element of this programme.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
  • Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
  • Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX