MA in Tudor History by Research

Entry requirements: First or second class honours degree or relevant experience 
Full or Part-time: Full-time, Part-time
School: School of Humanities Back to course finder

Course Outline

This London-based course is an interdisciplinary programme enabling students to examine, by way of a dissertation of around 25,000 words, aspects of the history of the Tudor dynasty and its international importance.

Students will be encouraged to consider the interrelation of political, architectural, art, and social history. After the Course Director’s general introduction, there will be a series of twelve seminars which explore the origins of the Tudor dynasty in the Wars of the Roses and the government of the early Tudor state (and its limitations). The reign of Henry VIII will be examined as an example of ‘Renaissance monarchy’. Female monarchy and its implications for Tudor government will be another major theme. The course will also consider the material culture of Tudor England at all social levels, examining propaganda and print, architectural patronage and its development throughout the Tudor period. It will review the evidence of artistic patronage and the development of Renaissance literature and drama in the Tudor period. Reading lists will be made available before each lecture to allow for background reading and discussion with the expert speakers.

Each seminar will take place in the early evening at the Reform Club in Pall Mall, and will include a 40-minute question-and-answer session with the seminar speakers, all recognised experts in their fields.

Each seminar will be followed by a dinner at which there will be further discussion with the speaker and a general conversation about the topic in hand. The cost of the dinners is included in the tuition fees.  Click on the Teaching & Assessment tab for more information.

Tutorials and meetings will take place at the University of Buckingham’s London offices at 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 6HJ.

The Course Director:
Glenn Richardson, BA (Hons), PhD, FRHistS, FSA, FHA (Hon), FHEA

Glenn Richardson is Professorial Research Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham, and is also Professor of Early Modern History at St Mary’s University London. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, and an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. He lectures regularly for the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education.

His research interests are grounded in Anglo-French relations in the sixteenth century, but encompass early-modern European diplomacy and cultural exchanges more widely. His other principal areas of research are European Renaissance monarchy, the Tudor and Valois courts, and royal masculinity. Professor Richardson’s most recent publication is The Field of Cloth of Gold (Yale UP, 2013). He is currently writing a biography of Cardinal Wolsey.

Guest speakers

Click on the Teaching & Assessment tab for full details of the guest seminars and dinners.  Speakers for 2017-18 include:

  • Dr John Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York
  • Dr David Starkey CBE FSA RHistS, British constitutional historian and radio and television presenter
  • Dr Charlotte Boland, Collections Curator 16th Century, National Portrait Gallery
  • Professor George Bernard, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Southampton
  • Professor Alex Ryrie, University of Durham; author of Being Protestant in Reformation Britain
  • Professor Susan Doran, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Jesus College, Oxford
  • Dr Simon Thurley, Author of Houses of Power; former Chief Executive of English Heritage
  • Dr Janet Dickinson, Historian, lecturer and author of Court Politics and the Earl of Essex, 1589-1601
  • Professor Maria Hayward, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Southampton

Associate students

For those wishing to attend the evening research seminar programme, but unable to devote the time to the coursework or to register for the MA degree, there is the option of becoming an Associate Student.  This status will enable the student to attend the ten research seminars and to meet the guest lecturers, in the first six months of the programme, but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for, and do not receive, the MA degree.

For further details contact:
Humanities Research Admissions on +44 (0)1280 827514

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:

  • a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
  • a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Mature students

Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students. Due to their flexibility, our London-based MAs by research attract a wide variety of applicants from a range of backgrounds, including people in full-time employment and retirees. Our current students range in age from 21 to 75.

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.  The Programme Director or Admissions Assistant will be happy to answer any enquiries.

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Terms and conditions for prospective students

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The MA does not offer systematic instruction in the facts; instead, the emphasis is on independent thought and research.

At the heart of the Buckingham MA is the close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not less than 25,000 words). Supervisors and students will meet frequently throughout the year, and not less than twice a term; and the supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

2017-18 Introductory classes:

The introductory classes are for students taking the full MA. If any Associate Students would like to attend, could they let Professor Richardson know in advance.

Location: University of Buckingham in London, 51 Gower Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6HJ.

Wednesday 4 October 2017

  • 12:00: Professor Glenn Richardson , Introductory Lecture 1
  • 14:00: Professor Glenn Richardson,  Introductory Lecture 2
  • 16:00: Professor Glenn Richardson, Introductory Lecture 3

2017-18 Guest seminars and dinners:

All students are invited to attend the guest seminars and dinners that follow. All seminars commence at 18:30 and are followed by a dinner at 20:15.  The cost of the post-seminar dinners is included in the tuition fees.

Location: The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5EW. Click here for map and directions:

  • Wednesday 18 October 2017: Dr John Cooper
    Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017: Dr David Starkey CBE FSA RHistS
    British constitutional historian and radio and television presenter
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017: Dr Charlotte Boland
    Collections Curator 16th Century, National Portrait Gallery
  • Wednesday 29 November 2017: Professor George Bernard
    Professor of Early Modern History, University of Southampton
  • Wednesday 13 December 2017: Professor Alex Ryrie
    University of Durham; author of Being Protestant in Reformation Britain
  • Wednesday 24 January 2018: Professor Susan Doran
    Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Jesus College, Oxford
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018: Dr Charlotte Boland
    National Portrait Gallery – Tudor Portraiture
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018: Dr Neil Younger
    Open University – The Elizabethan Political Regime
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018: Dr Janet Dickinson
    Open University – The Elizabethan Court
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018: Professor Maria Hayward
    Southampton University – Tudor Textiles and Dress


The University’s Course Directors, students’ supervisors, and the Research Officer and Tutor for Graduate Students are available to discuss students’ post-graduation plans and how they may utilise most effectively the skills acquired during their studies.

The tuition fees quoted are for the degree (e.g. if you start a degree at Buckingham in January 2018, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2018). Fees are normally paid in termly instalments.

Please click here for Associate Student fees (or here for international Associate Student fees).

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