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English - Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) Cork, Ireland
This MA English - Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance at University College Cork offers students the opportunity to explore the full variety and contexts of Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance literature from the islands of Britain and Ireland, as well the afterlives and legacies of these literary traditions in the modern era.
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Overview

The MA English - Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance at University College Cork examines interactions between texts in English from these islands, tracing the beginnings of Anglo-Irish writing, as well as the cultural transmissions and transformations between classical, European, and insular intellectual and literary traditions circa 700 to circa 1700. 

The programme takes a particular interest in interrogating conventional boundaries between periods (such as medieval and Renaissance), genres, and media (drama, prose, poetry, oral traditions, film etc.).

Learning outcomes

The seminars for the taught core programme of the MA Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance consist of two two-hour sessions per week. 

Each seminar will concentrate on the close reading of primary texts and on contextual issues, considering authors and texts along with key criticism concerning matters such as genre, history, book history, politics, culture, and art. In the past, students have participated in once-off masterclasses from visiting experts (e.g. on Shakespeare’s Globe theatre) and field trips to local sites of Medieval and Renaissance interest and sites of importance to the production and dissemination of Anglophone writing in Ireland (such as Spenser’s Kilcolman Castle, Co. Cork, and Marsh’s Library, Dublin).

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Contemporary Literary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies
  • Middle English Literature, 1200-1550
  • New Histories of the Book: theories and practices of earlier writing 
  • Renaissance Literature, c. 1500-1700
  • Old English Literature, to c. 1200 
  • Texts and Transformations: Medieval to Renaissance
  • Dissertation 

Lecturers

  • Dr Andrew King
  • Dr Orla Murphy
  • Dr Kenneth Rooney
  • Dr Edel Semple
  • Dr Thomas Birkett

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

  • To be considered for admission to an MA programme within the School of English, an applicant will normally possess a primary degree result of Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) level or higher or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject.
  •  All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cork

  • 860 - 1400 EUR/month
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