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Course content

The MA Medieval British Studies programme will allow you to develop a broad knowledge of the medieval period in the British Isles in this interdisciplinary programme.

Taught by medievalists active in the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, you will discover fresh perspectives, building skills across medieval history, archaeology, English literature and Welsh.

We offer the flexibility to specialise to suit your interests and opportunities to evaluate a wide range of sources through newly-acquired skills such as palaeography and Medieval English or Latin.

Distinctive features:

• Flexible, geared to your interests.
• Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
• Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.
• Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, and the Centre for the Crusades.


You take a mix of core and optional modules totalling 120 credits over two semesters (full-time) or four semesters (part-time).

On successful completion of the taught stage you will progress to your dissertation (60 credits). You research and write a dissertation (20,000 words) on a topic or theme of your choice in consultation with academic staff.

Core modules:

Approaches to Medieval History
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study


You will be taught through a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials and language classes (depending on modules chosen).

As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to deliver presentations to your fellow MA students within our supportive community.

On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you will progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic or theme of your choice (subject to the approval of your supervisor).


Taught stage assessment is via essays, other assignments (such as book reviews and presentations), and written examinations (for languages).

Career prospects

Graduates of this degree programme have gone into jobs in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), publishing and banking and to higher level PhD programmes.

Visit the Medieval British Studies MA page on the Cardiff University website for more details!





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