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
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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 ten 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 the 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 at 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.

2018-19 Seminars and dinners:

 The 2018-19 seminar dates have been provisionally confirmed as follows.

Introductory session:

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 12:00-16:00

Location: 51 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HJ.

Guest speaker seminars:

Wednesday 17 October 2018
Professor Ian Archer: England and Europe: A 16th-Century Perspective
Wednesday 31 October 2018
Professor Kenneth Fincham: Tudor Churches and the Impact of the Reformation
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch: A Fresh Look at Thomas Cromwell
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Dr Tracey Sowerby: Tudor Diplomacy and Diplomats
Wednesday 12 December 2018
Professor David Starkey: Henry VIII, Luther and the Break with Rome
Wednesday 23 January 2019
Dr Mark Jenner: Plague and Pollution in Tudor England
Wednesday 6 February 2019
Professor Karen Hearn: Tudor Portraiture
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Professor Alec Ryrie: Religious and Irreligious Life in the Elizabeth Church
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Professor David Katz: The Jew in the Crown – Henry VIII’s Divorce and England’s Jewish Community
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Professor Mia Rodriguez-Salgado: Queen Elizabeth, Spain and the Netherlands

The Course Director:

Glyn Redworth, MA (Cantab et Oxon), DPhil (Oxon) FRHistS, FHA (Hon)

Glyn Redworth is a Fellow of the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute and member of the History Faculty of Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. He held the Reina Victoria Eugenia Visiting Professorship at the Complutense University in Madrid on behalf of the British-Hispanic Foundation, and has taught in London, Dublin, and Manchester.

He read history at Cambridge, taking his doctorate at Oxford under the supervision of Christopher Haigh. The breadth of his research interests is unusually broad, as he writes on both British and European early modern history.  His publications range from his first book on the mid-Tudor bishop, Stephen Gardiner of Winchester, to articles in History Today, the Historical Journal, The Economic History Review, as well as in Spanish and Irish journals.  Other books have dealt with the ill-fated Spanish Match of 1623, and the Spanish Missionary to London, Luisa de Carvajal, whose correspondence he edited in a 2-volume translation of her letters into English.   He is currently interested in diplomatic and military links between the Continent and Tudor Britain.

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.

Full details in the Curriculum Handbook 

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


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

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

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

In cases where candidates are applying on the basis of work experience, they may be asked to complete a short written assignment and/or attend an interview as part of the applications process.

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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Teaching & Assessment

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.

See the Humanities Curriculum Handbook and Research Degrees Handbook for further information.


After Your Degree

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.


Fees & Scholarships

Please note that the University of Buckingham has four terms per year. 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). Students will pay the same termly fee for the duration of their studies, unless studies are interrupted and resumed later. The tuition fee quoted is therefore the total cost of the degree.

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

Postgraduate loan scheme

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both.  Find out more >>


Details of scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.

You may also find it useful to visit our External Funding page.

Fees may increase annually in line with inflation. For details, please see our Fees and Finance page.


Due to the mode of study on this course you will not normally need a room in University accommodation during your degree.

However, if you require short-term accommodation in Buckingham we would be happy to provide a list of local bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation. Alternatively, please contact our Accommodation Office for advice.