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Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History

Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History

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Full time | Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London | 7 months | JAN

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Full time


7 months

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Cultural Studies History

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

If you have an interest in cultural, intellectual and visual history and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this course provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop your interests while gaining a Post Graduate Certificate qualification. Focusing on the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with an emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity, the course is ideal for students who want to study at a postgraduate level but who do not want to commit to a full MA.

This seven-month programme aims to:

  • Give students a deep and systematic understanding of the current methodological and theoretical approaches to understanding the cultural, intellectual, and visual history of Western Europe
  • Display mastery over the key elements of the history of philosophy, science, literature, the arts and visual culture, rooted in the Renaissance and the early modern period but embracing material from the middle ages to the advent of modernity
  • Develop advanced research and analytical skills that are highly valued transferable skills as well as good preparation for further academic study.
  • Provide a stepping stone for those who wish to progress to further postgraduate study. Students will gain 60 credits towards a Masters’ Degree.

Why study with us?

As a student at the Warburg Institute, you will have access to the best resources for the study of Renaissance art and culture in London. Unparalleled staff contact hours are combined with access to the Warburg Library, with its unique cataloguing system specifically designed to aid research, and the Institute’s Photographic Collection.

Through the Institute’s research projects, fellowship programmes and events, and its informal collegiate atmosphere, students have extensive opportunities for networking with an international community of scholars, which significantly enriches the learning experience and can provide ideal connections for the future careers.

Studying in Bloomsbury at the centre of an academic and cultural hub, students also benefit from visits and training sessions at neighbouring institutions including the British Museum, the Government Art Collection, the Wellcome Trust and the British Library, and further afield the V&A, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Gallery.


This module introduces students to foundational knowledge and research skills for the study of the cultural, intellectual, and visual history of Europe, with a focus on the period comprised between the late Middle Ages and early modernity. It will provide students with a firm grasp on key elements of the transmission, renewal, and transformations of the classical tradition while introducing them to theory and method in intellectual and cultural history. The module is divided into three main units. The first unit explores the concern with the legacy of antiquity spreading across Western Europe in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. The second unit focuses on the complex cultural and intellectual changes brought about at the turn of the sixteenth century by the great geographical discoveries and by movements of religious reform. The third and final unit investigates engagements with ancient science in the seventeenth century and follows the constitution of a new, globally organized vision of the earth and cosmos into the early nineteenth century.

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from a non-UK institution, in any discipline in the humanities which is related to the course.