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Course content

Taught by internationally recognised experts in the field, this course draws on London's status as an outstanding centre of crusader research.

You will gain an unparalleled insight into the ideas, events and people (both men and women) of crusading history while engaging with a full array of source materials in this compelling field. The course will also consider the impact of the crusades on the Muslim world, as well as exploring western Europe’s first contacts with the terrifying Mongols.

This is an ideal MA if you are pursuing an advanced interest in crusading history, whether or not you are planning to take a PhD in the discipline. You will have access to the world’s premier library collections and can participate in the renowned research seminar, The Crusades and the Eastern Mediterranean, at the Institute of Historical Research.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/history/coursefinder/macrusaderstudies.aspx

Why choose this course?

- You will be taught by leading academics in this highly specialised field.

- Royal Holloway's History Department, one of the largest in the country, is home to a lively community of postgraduates with 60% of its research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

- You will have access to The Institute of Historical Research which hosts numerous seminars every night of the week..

- The Department benefits from the University of London libraries and seminar research programmes.

- You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the study of the Crusades, whether as preparation for further research or for personal intellectual development.

Department research and industry highlights

The History Department at Royal Holloway has a vibrant postgraduate community numbering around 70 Master’s degree students and over 120 doctoral students. The MA in Crusader Studies has produced seven doctoral students over the last five years, three of whom secured full AHRC funding.

Course content and structure

You will study five core course units, one elective unit and complete a dissertation.

Core course units:
- The Crusades: Louis IX of France and the recovery of the Holy Land
- The Mongols: 'A Journey Through the Gates of Hell'
- Research Development Course
- Latin (Beginners or Advanced, as appropriate)
- Core Course: Recording the Crusades
- Dissertation: A piece of original work of 15,000 words

Elective course units:
You will study one of the following elective course units:
- Women, the Crusades and the Frontier Societies of Medieval Christendom, 1100-1300
- Byzantium and the Crusades: From the Origins of the Fourth Crusade to the Fall of Constantinople

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- have gained an advanced understanding of research in Crusader Studies
- know how to find, organise, deploy and assess the primary and secondary sources (both literary and visual) necessary for their research
- be able to apply specific skills relevant to the study of the Crusades (languages, palaeography, archaeology, etc)
- comprehend a wide variety of materials and approaches related to the Crusades
- be able to analyse, assess and formulate arguments related to specific crusading topics
- be able to conduct independent research.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have progressed to many stimulating and rewarding careers, including: doctoral research, school teaching, management-level banking, management-level business, local government, the Metropolitan Police, and the National Trust.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

Visit the Crusader Studies (MA) page on the Royal Holloway, University of London website for more details!




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