MA English: Rennaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature

University of Liverpool

Program Description

MA English: Rennaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature

University of Liverpool

MA English: Rennaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature

The Renaissance and the eighteenth-century are two of the richest periods in English literature, as well as areas in which some of the most exciting new critical and textual scholarship has been concentrated. The relations between these periods are made especially close by the conflicts as well as the continuities that can be traced between them.

All the major writers of the eighteenth-century were passionate readers of Shakespeare and Jonson Milton, and Spenser, with some publishing major editions of their works. Yet Pope and Swift, Dryden and Johnson saw themselves not just as the inheritors of their literary forebears, but as their masters, correcting and improving the literature of the Tudor and Stuart eras before them, as the products of a golden but unrefined age. What is at stake in the mighty contests that arise from the great works and the cultural shifts of the Renaissance and the eighteenth-century is the development of ‘English Literature’ itself.

Key Facts

English in the world

We play a major role in the cultural life of the city and our students get to work with local organisations and communities through reading groups and placements, partly via our links with The Reader Organisation.

In 2010-11 the School of English launched a collaborative project with the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. This gives our students valuable opportunities to gain practical experience, whilst providing the theatres with academic expertise.


Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.

Tuition fees (Home/EU)

The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students will be as follows:

Fee for this course: £5,300

International students

International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University.

International fee for this course: £12,200

Career prospects

This MA offers a wide range of modules covering more conventional topics such as Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as subjects such as travel writing, eighteenth-century editing and the early development of the novel.The modules complement each other really well, providing a very thorough grounding in a variety of literature of the period.

Whether as a basis for PhD studies or for a career elsewhere, the course is a compelling, at times challenging, and yet deeply rewarding choice for masters level postgraduate study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
5,300 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Liverpool, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 5,300 GBP
Home/EU; International fee for this course: £12,200