Medieval British Studies (MA)
1 year (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
To study medieval Britain through history, archaeology, literature and religious studies, giving training and expertise for many careers including PhD programmes, the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research and publishing.
- The MA in Medieval British Studies, based within the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, is taught by medievalists from several schools within the University.
The MA in Medieval British Studies is designed to act as a self-regulated year of further study, and to provide a preparatory year for PhD candidates, giving a thorough grounding in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project. Consisting partly of taught courses and partly of independent research, it draws together expertise in Medieval History, Archaeology, English and Welsh to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study.
In Part One, students will choose a combination of modules amounting to 120 credits. These will include 40 credits of Options, allowing students to pursue their particular subject interests. The Option modules will be accompanied by a further 20 credits devoted to Research Skills and Methods, which students will find helpful in planning and conducting their research. The remaining 60 credits will be made up of a combination of modules, which will include a module on Approaches to Medieval History, skills training such as Palaeography, and languages, such as Medieval English or Latin.
Our flexible programme of study permits the content of options to vary from year to year, reflecting student interests.
Assessment is via essays or a combination of coursework and written examination, depending on the modules chosen.
Part Two comprises a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice, amounting to a maximum of 20,000 words.
Please see the School website for more programme and module information.
Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:
- 20 credit module on research skills and methods
- 20 credit module on approaches to Medieval history
- 40 credits of advanced research skills, such as palaeography and languages
- 40 credits of option modules selected by the student
- 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).
Please see the History website for more course and module information.
Recent options have included:
- Belief and Disbelief in the Middle Ages
- Gender in the Middle Ages
- Post-Roman Britain and Ireland
- Celtic Mythology and Religion
- Viking Britain and Ireland
- England and the North Sea Region from the 5th century AD to ca. AD 830
- The Mabinogion
- The Arthur of the Welsh
- The Myth of King Arthur
- Middle English Romance and its Afterlife
On completion of the MA students will be able to:
- communicate ideas and arguments effectively
- formulate and justify arguments and conclusions, presenting appropriate supporting evidence
- an ability to modify as well as to defend their own position
- an ability to think critically and challenge assumptions
- an ability to use a range of information technology resources to assist with information retrieval and assignment presentation
- time management skills and an ability to work independently and organise their own study methods and workload
- presentation skills to present their work to the rest of the team and to wider audiences
- work effectively with others as part of a team or group in seminar or tutorial discussions
Graduates of this degree programme have gone on to PhD programmes or into jobs in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), publishing and banking.
1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in History, English, Welsh, Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
How to Apply
Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service. Please select the MA Medieval British Studies option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation. It is essential that students clearly identify a geographical, chronological or thematic area of interest. If further information on the application process is required, please contact the Postgraduate Tutor for History.
For more information on funding available, please see the funding website.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Tracey Loughran
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5650
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