Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies


MA in English: Literature, Culture and Theory

The Centre currently runs three modules on the English: Literature, Culture and Theory MA co-ordinated by the School Media, Arts, and Humanities. Core modules engage with current theoretical ideas and conceptual methods that underpin research in literature and help equip you for further study and research inside and outside academia. The modules run by CEMMS allow MA students to develop a specialisation in the early modern and medieval period while maintaining breadth of knowledge in other periods of literature. 

The CEMMS modules run as options in the Spring term: you can study The Renaissance Body and Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (with the Globe Theatre, London).

The MA programme requires students to take four taught courses. Full-time students will study two modules in both the Autumn and Spring terms, while part-time students complete one per term over two years. Students write a dissertation of 15,000 words over the summer under the supervision of a member of faculty.

For the full range of modules available on the MA, as well as information about entry requirements, fees and funding options, see the postgraduate prospectus.

For the full list of Undergraduate modules - including Outer Worlds; Inner Worlds; Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage; Staging the Renaissance; Posthuman / Premodern - please see the BA (hons) in English course page here.

Yinghua's perspective


I spent one year at the School of English as a visiting scholar studying Early Modern literature. Upon my arrival I felt the welcoming and vibrant atmosphere of the School. The curriculum at the School is based on modules, which gives students great flexibility to customize their learning experience and choose from a wide range of interdisciplinary topics they’re interested in. Attending a series of courses given by Professor Hadfield and other teachers in the field of Early Modern study, I was greatly impressed by the faculty’s expertise, professionalism and dedication. Most of these teachers are also active participants in the events hosted by the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies. Thanks for the invitation from the Centre’s director Professor Hadfield, I had the opportunity to participate a variety of its events. The Centre held lectures weekly, with the speakers coming from across the country and the world. Their lectures covered diverse topics, and from the lectures and the exchanges with the academics I came to be inspired by many new ideas and perspectives on Early Modern study. Besides, the library of the University is an exciting place. I was particularly impressed by the library’s Special Collections where I attended a course on Renaissance and for the first time in my life I came into a direct contact with medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Being able to access these first-hand materials is absolutely an exciting and cherishable experience for me. Now back in China teaching and studying English literature, I’m still benefiting from what I learned at Sussex. I believe the days I spent at Sussex will be a shaping influence in my personal and professional life.

Yinghua Zhao

Lecturer at the School of Foreign Studies, Minzu University of China


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