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MEDIEVAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4175.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This degree offers you the opportunity to make a special study of the medieval period, considering the richness and diversity of its literature, art and history. The course runs alongside the MA Medieval History, and we have close links to other departments at Birkbeck. So you will be able to tailor this course to suit your personal interests by choosing to study relevant option modules and pursue an independent research component.

You can also choose to study in either an interdisciplinary or a more literary way, and use this course as preparation for doctoral research.

As a student at Birkbeck, you will have access to some of the best resources in the world for medieval research - we are close to many renowned research libraries, galleries, museums and manuscript repositories. On this course, we will teach you the skills you need to explore these riches in original and scholarly ways.

This degree offers you the opportunity to make a special study of the medieval period, considering the richness and diversity of its literature, art and history. The course runs alongside the MA Medieval History, and we have close links to other departments at Birkbeck. So you will be able to tailor this course to suit your personal interests by choosing to study relevant option modules and...

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Course Content

This degree has two core modules - Medieval Material Texts, and Medieval Text and Intertext - which run in alternate years. Both modules explore resources for studying medieval literature and demonstrate their use in higher-level postgraduate research work. You will take one of these, depending on your year of entry. The other core module will be offered as an option to part-time students in their second year.

You will also study Approaching Research in Medieval Literature and Culture, which covers the skills you will need in preparation for writing your dissertation. Classes on this module may include field trips to local archives and workshops on describing manuscripts and good writing.

Option modules will reflect the research interests of Birkbeck staff from the Department of English and Humanities, but also the disciplines of history, archaeology and art history.

These will variously cover:

  • Old English, Middle English, and Old Norse literature and books
  • Religious, cultural, political and gender history
  • Visual, literary, materially and ecologically engaged theory
  • The archaeology of a number of different parts of Europe
  • European architecture and art.

CORE MODULES

  • Medieval Material Texts
  • Medieval Text and Intertext

OPTION MODULES

  • Early Modern London: Society and Culture
  • Magic, Science and Religion in the Renaissance
  • Power and Communication in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1400-1800)
  • Practitioners and Patients in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
  • The Icelandic Saga
  • The Senses in Medieval Europe c1100 to 1500
  • Visualising the Renaissance Stage

STUDY SKILLS MODULE

  • MA Medieval Literature and Culture: Approaching Research into Medieval Culture

DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation MA Medieval Cultures

Option modules vary from year to year. You may also choose other modules from the MA Renaissance Studies (or, by arrangement, other Birkbeck MA programmes).

This degree has two core modules - Medieval Material Texts, and Medieval Text and Intertext - which run in alternate years. Both modules explore resources for studying medieval literature and demonstrate their use in higher-level postgraduate research work. You will take one of these, depending on your year of entry. The other core module will be offered as an option to part-time students in...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

September, 2020

£8350.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

September, 2020

£4175.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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