Postgraduate study

Studying at CREMS

One of the two top places in the UK for the study of the Renaissance and early modern period
BBC History Magazine

CREMS offers:

  • a flourishing interdisciplinary community devoted to the study of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • a dynamic research culture
  • a programme of research seminars and conferences attracting scholars of international standing
  • support for postgraduate-led workshops and events
  • encouragement and financial support for students undertaking research or giving papers at conferences away from York
  • a commitment to the professional as well as the academic development of its students with an established record of placing students in academic, heritage, and information management positions

Teaching strengths

We have particular strengths in:

  • the history of the book, the history of religion and the history of ideas
  • space, landscape and the environment
  • violence and crime
  • Shakespeare
  • editing and performance
  • the reading of history in Elizabethan England
  • Neapolitan history, topography and culture
  • the court cultures of England, Italy Holland and France
  • materiality, embodiment and the senses

Research Students

  • We are happy to advise and support applicants in their submissions for Interdisciplinary MPhil and PhD study. Do get in touch with us to discuss your proposal:  crems-enquiries@york.ac.uk.
  • Reseach students tare members of a supportive and stimulating interdisciplinary community, taking part in interdisciplinary research seminars, conferences and student-led activities where subject boundaries are easily crossed.‌‌‌

"Having been warned that writing a PhD thesis could be a rather lonely experience, I was delighted to find that, by association with CREMS, the opposite was true! The regular CREMS events make for an extremely vibrant and rich research community, and it's amazing how much I was able to pick up from historians, archaeologists and even musicologists which enlivened and enriched my own research.  I've made some great friends through CREMS, as well as being inspired by the marvellous range of research topics I've been introduced to. It's been a pleasure to be part of the CREMS community!"

Chloe Preedy, PhD English Literature, associated with CREMS 

Masters programme

Click here for information on our
MA in Renaissance & Early Modern Studies


"I enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the course and the themes and issues raised helped create a truly comprehensive view of the period"
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Humanities Research Centre

Taught MA and research students are based in the University’s purpose-built, £11m Humanities Research Centre at the heart of campus, and close to the beautiful, historic city of York. The Humanities Research Centre is a beautifully designed space of shared belonging for academics and postgraduates from across York's Arts and Humanities departments. Its dynamic and inclusive community provides a highly stimulating and supportive base for postgraduate study.

The Cabinet of Curiosities

T‌he Cabinet of Curiosities is the CREMS Postgraduate Forum, run by and for all postgrads with an interest in the Renaissance/Early Modern period. Events are listed on the CREMS calendar, or contact the organisers for information: yorkcabinetofcuriosities@gmail.com