MASTER Renaissance and Heritage (M1)

This first year of the master's degree, which benefits from the CESR's exceptional scientific resources, aims at providing students with a solid education in Renaissance civilisation and heritage. It combines fundamental discliplinary knowledge with technical skills (data management, etc.) and heritage issues (notably through the “Reinforcement UE”), with a view to enabling students successfully to complete their master's degree by going on to do either a research or a professional M2.

  • Objectives

The CESR's M1 constitutes the first common step towards any one of the centre's three M2 degrees, two of which (“Written Heritage and Digital Publication” and “Intangible Cultural Heritage”) are orientated towards the professional world and one (“Genesis of Modern Europe”) towards scholarly research. It thus combines diverse traditional disciplines (history, musicology, literature, philosophy, etc.) with the acquisition of specific skills and competences useful for all three types of M2. The most academic courses (“History of painting”, “Religious beliefs and practices”, “History “, etc.) are never dissociated from issues of heritage, which, indeed, are often rooted in their subject matter. In the “Special Methodology” section of the syllabus, for example, the essentially academic “Questioning the Renaissance” course is counterbalanced by the “Questioning Heritage” course. Students who plan to pursue either of the two professional M2 options are encouraged to undertake an internship in the second half of the year, and thus profit from the excellent relations that the CESR maintains with the more than sixty French and European enterprises and institutions which have already hosted students enrolled in this master's degree.

This first year of the master's degree is designed to give the students as much choice as possible. With the help of personal research directors and supervisors of studies, each student determines the choice of courses best suited to his or her professional project.

Assessment of the students' level of learning at the end of the year is based on a dissertation, defended before a committee of specialists. The subject of the dissertation may be drawn from any of the traditional research areas covered by the syllabus or concern questions of heritage. (Where relevant, it may be completed by a report on the internship.)

  • List of courses or subjects covered by the syllabus

The titles of the courses, as well as the ECTS attributed to each course unit (UE) are purely indicative. Do not hesitate to contact us for more further information.

First Semester
UE 1 General methodology (3 obligatory courses, 4 ECTS): Writing techniques; Formatting; Data management

UE 2 Special methodology (3 selected courses , 5 ECTS): Palaeography; Latin; Archaeology of printed books; Cataloguing and archiving

UE 3 Academic and heritage studies (3 selected courses, 8 ECTS): History; Philosophy; History of painting; English literature and civilisation; Religious beliefs and practices; Texts and images

UE 4 Reinforcement courses (2 selected courses, 3 ECTS): Disciplinary courses (history, philosophy, etc.); Heritage courses (literature for young people, history of collections, etc.); courses taken in other UFRs

UE 5 Research dissertation preparation (10 ECTS)
Second semester
UE 6 Special methodology (3 selected courses, 5 ECTS): Palaeography; Latin; Questioning the Renaissance; Questioning Heritage 

UE 7 Academic and heritage studies (3 selected courses, 8 ECTS): Musicology; History of architecture, Italian literature and civilisation; French and Neo-Latin literature; Humanism; Science, knowledge and techniques

UE 8 Reinforcement courses (2 selected courses or an internship, 5 ECTS): Disciplinary courses (musicology, literature, etc.); Heritage courses (architectural heritage, cultural epistemology, etc.); Courses taken in other UFRs

UE 9 Research dissertation accomplishment and defence (12 ECTS)

  • Admission requirements

All students holding a Licence (including professional Licences), or a recognised equivalent diploma, and interested in the Renaissance are admissible for the CESR's M1. Most students come from the humanities, but the centre also welcomes those from other horizons (publishing, law, medicine, etc.).

Expected competences:

- writing capacities
- argumentative capacities
- a good level of general culture