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What makes the MRes in Early Modern Studies at Worcester special?

You will work with, and be supported by, nationally and internationally recognised experts in the Early Modern Studies subject area.

The Masters by Research in Early Modern Studies offers transferrable and employment-related skills.  For example: project planning and management; time management; research and data analysis; digital literacy; and communicating complex ideas in writing.

Key features

  • The ‘apprenticeship’ model allows you to acquire research expertise in developing and executing your own project while working alongside an expert in your field.
  • This programme will develop essential knowledge and skills in your field and offer a clear route into a chosen destination: whether PhD study, professional practice, or an alternative research-related career.
  • Our experts specialisms include Shakespeare, Defoe, and the writer and Bishop of Worcester Richard Hurd - as well as the topics of evil, the Devil, and the supernatural within early modern history.
  • The Early Modern Research Group brings together researchers with shared research interests  c.1550-1800.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline, have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement.


International applicants will also be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of written and spoken English (normally IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in written English).

Entry qualifications for international students are guided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) advice on international qualifications.

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Module 1

Developing and Managing Your Research

This module offers an introduction to the fundamental components of research (project design, literature review, data management, information literacy). The final assessment will be an initial draft of your thesis or project proposal, prior to which you will give and receive feedback on a 15 minute presentation of your research.

Module 2

MRes Personal Development Plan

This independent study module will prepare you for your MRes Research Project through the production of a Personal Development Plan (PDP). This will be developed alongside your main research supervisor. The PDP will help you to both identify your training needs and refine your research project.

Ultimately, the module aims to develop you as a self-reflexive researcher conversant with the wider context – both within the University and the wider community – of your research.

Module 3

Research Approaches in the Humanities and Creative Arts

This module will introduce the key methods and philosophies that inform Masters Level research in Humanities and Creative Arts.

It will offer an overview, first, of research methods, approaches, and practices; secondly, theories and philosophies likely to underpin research in these areas. Providing a comprehensive introduction to perspectives on research across the Arts and Humanities, and encompassing fresh approaches such as digital research, the module is designed to foster innovative and cross-disciplinary perspectives and to demystify methods, approaches and philosophical, theoretical, or practical paradigms that could be applied to your present and future research.

Module 4

MRes Research Project

The MRes concludes with a substantial component which, depending on the field, might be a written thesis, a practical research project, or the production of a research-informed original artefact or performance.

This module will enable you to demonstrate initiative, knowledge and understanding of their field, and creativity in formulating and carrying out a research project. It will be assessed by the lead supervisor and another specialised member of staff.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

This MRes includes taught modules, a personal development plan and research project. You will be expected to take and pass two 15- and one 30-credit module before culminating the course with the production of a substantial project of your own.

For the duration of the MRes you will be allocated one or possibly two supervisors who will support you through the personal development plan and research project phases of the programme.

Where there is more than one supervisor, one person will be identified as your lead supervisor or ‘Director of Studies’. They will have responsibility for supervising you regularly and for ensuring that you receive proper guidance and support, while also acting as your personal tutor. The supervisor(s) will have research experience in the area covered by your research project.

MRes normally require 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time study.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Claire Cochrane

    Claire Cochrane is responsible for specialist modules in medieval theatre, Shakespeare and Renaissance drama in performance and new writing for the theatre. For public performance modules she has directed modern plays such as Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale and Renaissance plays such as Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi, All’s Well that Ends Well and Hamlet. 

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    Professor Darren Oldridge

    Darren Oldridge is a specialist in early modern religious history. At Worcester Darren teaches modules including ‘Religion and Society in England’, ‘Witchcraft and the Devil’ and the history of media and sexuality.  More broadly, he is interested in the interdisciplinary study of the concept of evil, including its treatment in theology, poetry and film.

  • Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes Senior Lecturer in English

    Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes

    Nicoleta is the author of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Romania 1778-2008: A Study in Translation, Performance and Cultural Appropriation (Mellen, 2010) and of the open-access website The Jacobethans. Her work has appeared in Theatrical Blends, Shakespeare Bulletin, Studia Dramatica and Shakespeare in Europe: History and Memory.

    In the theatre, she has worked in several capacities – from that of dramaturge to assistant director and translator. 

  • Dr Andreas Mueller Senior Lecturer in English

    Dr Andreas Mueller

    Andreas is a Co-Director of the Institute’s Early Modern Research Group. His teaching and research interests cover the early modern period, specifically the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As well as teaching a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Andreas is responsible for specialist modules in Elizabethan and Jacobean poetry, Civil War and Restoration literature, and eighteenth-century fiction and verse. 


Where could it take you?

This programme will develop essential knowledge and skills in your field and offer a clear route into a chosen destination: whether PhD study, professional practice, or an alternative, research-related career.

The Programme aims to prepare students to:

  • Develop advanced research skills, and prepare for doctoral level study.
  • Engage in a career in the humanities and creative arts in a HE or industrial context.
  • Meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions.
  • Think for themselves in the development of a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.


How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

For more information about the programme, please email

Before applying, you are strongly advised to contact either the programme leader (Dr John Parham: or the MRes co-ordinator for Early Modern Studies (Dr Andreas Mueller: for general advice about your research topic and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Apply for September 2018 enrolment

All applicants must complete online forms at least 6 weeks before the start of the Semester (September or January, please contact the Research School for more information).

All applications are passed to the relevant course leader for consideration. If the application has potential, an interview is scheduled by a panel comprising at least two members of academic staff. An offer of a place on the MRes will be made when the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Applicant meets the specified entry requirements.
  • The Institute has the supervisory capacity and expertise to support the research project outlined in the application form.
  • The proposal outlined has the potential to become a viable research project at Masters level.