Location: Canterbury and Paris
Through intensive historical, literary and art-historical study this interdisciplinary MA programme offers a thorough grounding in the essential skills required for advanced academic analysis of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including Latin, palaeography (the study of old handwriting), codicology (the study of pre-modern books). In addition, there is a fascinating range of optional modules to choose from, shaped by our cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines rooted in periods from the early medieval to the seventeenth-century.
You spend your first term in the historic city of Canterbury, an important focus for literary, religious, archaeological and architectural, and documentary scholarship. The spring term is based at Kent’s Paris School of Art and Culture, in the heart of historic Montparnasse. There you participate in Paris-focused modules, taught in English, taking full advantage of the City’s extraordinary medieval and early modern cultural and material legacy.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the importance of considering continuities as well as decisive breaks in the transition from the medieval to early modern periods
- the value of original materials to study local and regional history and literature.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- developing the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
- the ability to gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
- the ability to identify, investigate and analyse primary and secondary material
- the ability to develop reasoned, defensible arguments based on reflection, study, analysis and critical judgement
- the ability to reflect on, and manage your own learning and to seek to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your own performance and personal research skills
- the ability to organise and present research findings
- the ability to study and reach conclusions independently.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the close critical analysis of both primary and secondary material/sources
- the ability to articulate your knowledge and understanding of material
- well-developed language use and awareness, which includes a grasp of the standard critical terminology
- appropriate scholarly practice in the presentation of formal written work.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- developed powers of communication and the capacity to argue a point of view, orally and in written form, with clarity, organisation and cogency
- developed critical acumen
- the ability to assimilate and organise substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds
- enhanced skills in the planning and execution of project-based work
- an enhanced capacity for independent research, intellectual focus, reasoned judgement and self-criticism
- an ability to undertake original research, utilising all the facilities available including libraries, archives and online data and to extend this research through the use of email communication, processing information using databases and spreadsheets (where necessary)
- experience of living and studying in two European cities.
This programme aims to:
- provide you with a thorough grounding in the techniques and approaches necessary for advanced research in the medieval and early modern periods
- introduce you to a wide range of literary and historical sources and to encourage you to identify and develop your own interests and expertise in the medieval and early modern periods
- enable you to undertake interdisciplinary work
- enable you to understand and use a variety of concepts, approaches and research methods to develop an understanding of the differing and contested aspects between and within the relevant disciplines
- develop your capacities to think critically and to argue a point of view with clarity and cogency, both orally and in written form
- develop your abilities to assimilate and organise a mass of diverse information
- offer you the experience of a variety of teaching, research and study skills
- develop your independent critical thinking and judgement
- promote a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that provides breadth and depth of intellectual inquiry and debate
- assist you to develop cognitive and transferable skills relevant to your vocational and personal development
- offer you learning opportunities that are enjoyable, involve realistic workloads, are pedagogically based within a research-led framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.