MA in Early Modern History (P-V141)
This programme explores religious, social, economic, political and cultural developments in the early modern world (c.1450-c.1800).
Early modern history is a core strength of the the Warwick University History Department. Approximately one-third of the Department's academic staff are scholars of the early modern period, from Britain and Europe to the Americas and China.
The first term core module Themes in Early Modern History provides a critical perspective on key themes and introduces you to a range of expertise at Warwick. This runs alongside a module taken by all MA students exploring theories, skills and methods. In the second term you have a choice of two taught modules - each one taking a different topic and exploring it across time and space. These will help you place your early modern interests in religion, gender, empire, consumption or medicine in a comparative framework as well as deepen your acquaintance with relevant ideas and approaches from outside early modern scholarship. These modules enable you to focus on your early modern interests (you can write all your assessed work on early modern themes) whilst situating them in a wider context that will enrich your studies. The final key element is the dissertation - here you have a large amount of freedom to develop a project of your own choice with help and guidance from your supervisor.
MA students are encouraged to engage with the lively early modern research culture at Warwick - you can find out more about the programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences hosted by the department, and about the research projects being undertaken, in the right hand column.
The programme will also help you to acquire the conceptual and practical skills needed to conduct PhD research in Early Modern history.
All our MA courses can be followed on a part-time basis over two years. For further information, please contact the MA Director, Dr Sarah Hodges or the director of the early modern course, Prof. Mark Knights.
A compulsory course designed to help students acquire the methodological skills needed to undertake an extended piece of historical research and writing.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Key Early Modern debates
Week 3: Religion
Week 4: Politics and state building or revolutions
Week 5: Global expansion/colonialism
Week 7: Science, tecnology & environment
Week 8: Society & culture
Week 9: The public sphere & communicative practices
Week 10: Comparative Early Modernities
This is worth a third of your overall assessment and in many ways also represents the culmination of your studies. You will be able to write on a topic of your own choosing and work, under the guidance of a supervisor, to research and write it. You will be encouraged to think about planning this as early as possible in your year of study, so that it is something you develop over as much time as possible, but after the end of the taught element of the programme you will work on the dissertation full time to refine your ideas about the material you gather.
Please note that only those modules for which there is sufficient demand will actually run.
How to Apply:
To apply for the MA in Early Modern History (P-V141), please complete the University's Online Application Form
For more information on Admissions in general please see the History PG Admissions webpage.
Insights into the Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Research Culture at Warwick
An image from a print workshop investigating early modern printing at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, which is just 45 mintues away
We run a digital early modern forum to share knowledge and approaches
We have SIX Research Centres that are active in early modern research:
The Renaissance Centre, The Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, the European History Research Centre, the Gobal History and Culture Centre, the Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Centre for the History of Medicine. All of them run extensive seminar programmes, workshops and conferences which MA students are encouraged to attend. Click on the links above to find recent events.
Warwick has a palazzo base in Venice which we sometimes use for workshops and conferences and we have expertise in early mdern Italian history
We have many externally and internally funded research projects:
Leverhulme-funded Socio-economic rights in History
An IAS-funded interdisciplinary Corruption Network
An AHRC-funded project investigating the history of office-holding in Britain, Mexico and Kenya