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

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The English Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance MA from University College Cork, offering Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance modules, explores the full variety and contexts of writing from the islands of Britain and Ireland across the period circa 700 to circa 1700. 

About

This MA, offering Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance modules, explores the full variety and contexts of writing from the islands of Britain and Ireland across the period circa 700 to circa 1700. We concentrate on interactions between texts in English from these islands, examining the beginnings of Anglo-Irish writing, as well as the cultural transmissions and transformations between classical, European, and insular intellectual and literary traditions before 1700. We also have a particular interest in interrogating traditional period boundaries, such as medieval and Renaissance. Our work is stimulated by exceptional contexts and resources from medieval and early modern sites such as Spenser’s Kilcolman Castle to the substantial early printed book collections of the Boole Library’s Special Collections and other accessible early collections.Course PracticalitiesThe seminars for the taught core course in Texts and Contexts consist of two two-hour sessions per week. Each meeting will concentrate both on close reading of primary texts and on the contextual element of the course, considering authors and texts along with key secondary criticism concerning matters of genre, history, book-history, politics, culture, and art. We will examine some of the major literary influences on medieval and Renaissance texts, and take account of medieval and Renaissance theories of authorship and translation, as well as modern theoretical approaches to pre-modern texts. Field trips to sites of particular importance to the production and dissemination of Anglophone writing in Ireland are undertaken each year (such as Spenser’s Kilcolman Castle, Co. Cork, and Archbishop 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 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          You need the following IELTS score:

          • Minimum required score:

            6.5

            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Required score: 3.3

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          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
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

          Funding

          Postgraduate Funding - College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Science

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          Other funding opportunities, such as the Erasmus Mobility Grant and the Murphy Irish Exchange with the University of Notre Dame, can be found on the Funding page of the Graduate School.

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