Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)

Course 095-RM (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of renaissance and early modern studies and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline. The course may provide a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours).

Course Coordinator:
Dr Catherine Kovesi
School of Historical Studies


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

  • gain expertise equivalent to an honours degree in a particular specialist area of study;
  • develop an understanding of methodological and theoretical approaches at an advanced level in the discipline;
  • acquire knowledge of the background necessary to proceed to research work in renaissance and early modern studies;
  • develop an ability to proceed to original work in the subject;
  • acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to Masters level work.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Generally, the structure is as follows, however individual departments may set their own requirements. Please check with the Course Coordinator in the department in which you undertake the thesis component.

  • Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
  • 1 core subject (12.5 points)
  • 4 elective subjects (50 points)

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Subject Options:

Students need to check if there are recommended or compulsory core subjects with the Department supervising their thesis

Thesis Subject
Depending on area of specialisation, students enrol in one of the following thesis subjects below:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Core Subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not Offered
Not offered in 2008
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degrees; and
  • completion of a major in renaissance and early modern studies; and
  • an average grade of H2B or higher in the second/third-year subjects within the major


  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies) with a grade average equivalent to an H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None

Students are expected to consult with the Course Coordinator to discuss an appropriate course plan.

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