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Our master's offers an exciting opportunity to study medieval history at a world-class university,  internationally recognised as a centre of excellence with expertise spanning the whole of the Middle Ages, from the late Roman Empire to the beginning of the Renaissance, spanning Britain and continental Europe. 

Our optional modules cover a wide range or approaches to the period, inlcuding economic, social, political and legal history, and the history of political thought. 

We are particularly proud of our offering in Latin and palaeography, which provide students with grounding in the practical skills of medievalists. 

Our master's leads to careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries and prepares students for PhD study.

Key benefits

  • Taught in one of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the top six departments of history in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2018/19).
  • International centre of excellence for the study of medieval history with nine full-time medieval history specialists in the department.
  • The central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.
  • Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.
  • Our distinctive skills training includes Medieval Latin at beginners', intermediate and advanced levels taught by a medieval Latinist and a full palaeography course including the history of medieval script.


We are internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of medieval history, with nine medieval specialsts (full-time staff). The Medieval History MA course is among the most successful of its kind worldwide, offering a broad range of optional modules and also expert training in historical skills and techniques.

Some of the major research projects in medieval history that our MA teaching staff have been involved in include the AHRC- funded online databases Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) and Henry III Fine Rolls, an AHRC-funded project The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe and the Leverhulme Trust funded project Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of English Landed Society in 1066.

Institute of Historical Research

We will encourage you to make full use of the opportunities available through the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). Many members of the Department prepare and deliver its period- based seminars, including the flourishing Early Medieval History and European History 1150- 1550 seminars. In addition, the IHR offers a wide range of other events: from student-run workshops to specialist training days. This intersection between Department, School and the IHR means we have a uniquely productive environment for graduate study in History.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Materials & Methods (20 credits)
  • Palaeography (20 credits)
  • Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates (Intermediate) (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Materials and Methods and Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates, along with two optional modules, in your first year. In your second year, you will take Palaeography and your Dissertation, along with a final optional module.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Food and Drink in Medieval England (20 credits)
  • Magna Carta & Medieval Monarchy (20 credits)
  • Money in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
  • Carolingian Literature: Politics & Imagination in an Age of Anxiety (20 credits)
  • The History of Medieval Women (20 credits)
  • The Language of Politics: Italy 1250–1500 (20 credits)
  • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600–800 (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits from a range of master’s level modules offered outside the Department, including those offered at other institutions (intercollegiately), subject to the course convenor’s approval

Career prospects

Our graduates continue to further research or transfer their skills and knowledge to careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries.

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