• Edinburgh Napier University Featured Masters Courses
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
  • Northumbria University Featured Masters Courses
  • Birmingham City University Featured Masters Courses
  • FindA University Ltd Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Bristol Featured Masters Courses
  • Ulster University Featured Masters Courses
London Metropolitan University Featured Masters Courses
University of Glasgow Featured Masters Courses
Long Island University Featured Masters Courses
University of Dundee Featured Masters Courses
FindA University Ltd Featured Masters Courses

Course content

You have come to the right place in every respect to learn about Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The campus and university were initiated in 1495 so there are plenty of architectural wonders and history to interest you whilst you study in 'Old Aberdeen.'  The architecture is truly stunning and totally unexpected as you enter the university from the centre of Aberdeen. As you would expect in a university of this age and rich heritage there are also special collections hosting a variety of cultural artefacts. If you haven't visited University of Aberdeen it is well worth a tour to understand just how much history you get whilst you study. There are obvious connections from the university with many of the periods of medieval and early modern eras you study. 

This is an interdisciplinary programme which allows you to connect our contemporary world with the past. You can study a great range of areas in terms of courses that make up your programme and you have the ability to really understand ancient kingdoms and civilisations from the past. You may want to study further after this programme or you may be able to advise within heritage tourism, museums and tourist sites. You may also like to get involved in writing and publishing or a wide range of other careers. Aberdeen provides you with a great teaching experience in an even greater setting which is medieval in origin.

The courses reflect research interests drawn from various disciplines including History, Church History and Divinity, Celtic, English, French, History of Art, Law, Philosophy and Scottish and Irish Studies and is supported by highly specialised teaching and research staff. The MLitt provides ample opportunity to use the large depository of late medieval and early modern materials in the University's Special Collection, which has new state of the art rooms in the new Library.

Courses listed for the programme


You must acquire 180 credits (105 credits from courses, 75 dissertation)

Optional Potential areas for study:

  • The Enlightenment in Comparison: Scotland, Ireland and Central Europe 
  • The Scottish Wars of Independence
  • The Three Kingdoms of The Seventeenth Century
  • Crime and Society in Early Modern England and Scotland
  • Back in the Viking Homelands
  • Jacobites: War, Exile and Politics of Succession in Britain
  • Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Studies
  • Introduction to Old English Language
  • Controversy and Drama: Marlowe to Revenge Tragedy
  • Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century England
  • Seventeenth-Century Netherlandish Art
  • Medieval Manuscripts: Illustration of Medieval Thought
  • Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
  • Scottish Legal history, 14th - 18th century

Optional Courses

  • Special Subject
  • Engaging with Historiography
  • Old Norse1and 2: Language, Literature and Culture
  • Advanced Topics in Old Norse Language, Literature and Culture
  • Palaeography
  • Latin 1
  • Approaching Archives
  • Research Preparation in Historical Studies
  • Independent Reading in Historical Studies
  • Presenting Historical Research
  • Old Norse Language
  • Business for Arts

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Visit Us – Aberdeen, Online In Your Country

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You develop a strong understanding of culture and history within the UK and Scotland joining a lively research environment
  • You are taught by experts in their specialist areas of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, if you specialise in renaissance and early modern periods you can attend seminars from the Centre of Early Modern Studies
  • University of Aberdeen is an ideal place to study medieval and early modern studies. Kings College was inaugurated in 1495 and much of the campus has considerable history from this period, collections, a museum and a stunning range of architectural feasts
  • The University has a strong heritage surrounding this subject area in history, divinity, languages, literature, philosophy, history of art and more plus wider UNESCO recognised collections in the Aberdeenshire Archives

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Entry Requirements and Study Support

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

Related Degrees

Visit the Medieval and Early Modern Studies MLitt page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!





Enquire About This Course

Recipient: Aberdeen University

* required field

Please correct the errors indicated below to send your enquiry

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully

Let us know you agree to cookies

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing, we'll assume that you're happy to receive all cookies on this website. To read our privacy policy click here