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Overview

This varied degree will allow you to explore the cultural, social, political, theological and other aspects of medieval history while gaining valuable skills for further research.

You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules offered by our School of History and Institute for Medieval Studies, allowing you to gain specialist knowledge in the areas that interest you while cutting across disciplines and using different critical approaches. You could study a broad range of topics, reflecting the diverse research interests across the University which is home to the International Medieval Congress.

The Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) has access to excellent resources, both in the University and beyond. The world-class Brotherton Library contains extensive facsimiles and microfilms of primary materials as well as a wide range of online resources. Its Special Collections also contain a wide range of manuscript, archive and early printed material, including the Melsteth Icelandic Collection, archives of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, the old library of Ripon Cathedral, and the manuscripts and incunabula of the Brotherton Collection.

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Core modules throughout the degree will allow you to develop important research skills, equipping you to work with primary sources. You’ll gain an in-depth working knowledge of medieval Latin, look at research methods in historical study and learn to read and transcribe medieval manuscripts by studying palaeography.

Then you’ll build on this foundation with your choice of optional modules. You’ll choose at least one module offered by the School of History, but you could also choose from the range of interdisciplinary modules offered by IMS.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (Medieval History)
  • Introduction to Medieval Latin
  • Intermediate Medieval Latin
  • Research Methods and Bibliography
  • Palaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Making History: Archive Collaborations
  • Bede's Northumbria
  • Gender, Sex, and Love: Byzantium and the West, 900-1200
  • Christian Society and the Crusades, 1185-1230
  • Lifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages
  • Warfare in the Age of the Crusades (1095-1204)
  • How to be a Saint in the Middle Ages: Saints' Cults and their impact on culture and society (500-1500)
  • Religious Communities and the Individual Experience of Religion, 1200-1500
  • The Medieval Tournament: Combat and Spectacle in Western Europe, 1100-1600
  • The Holy Land under the Franks: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and its Enemies, 1099-1187
  • Medieval Bodies
  • Preaching History: Understanding Sermons as Literary Genre and Historical Source

Learning and teaching

IMS tutors are experts in their fields, and their cutting-edge research will inform your teaching. To help you make the most of their expertise, all IMS modules are taught in small groups. 

You may study skills in seminar groups and have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during your dissertation.

Assessment

Depending on the modules you choose, you’ll be assessed by a range of methods to develop skills that are useful across the field of medieval studies. These will include transcriptions, bibliographies, essays, reports, translations and occasionally exams. 

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

How to apply

Deadlines

The deadline for applications is 31st August. However, you should also leave time for any arrangements you will need to make, such as visa applications or moving to Leeds, and many scholarship applications will close much earlier.

You may be invited for interview as part of the application process 

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Documents and information you need 

  • A copy of your BA degree transcript listing courses and marks achieved, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying, and if necessary, please provide an explanation of the marking scheme.
  • Two academic references
  • An IMS postgraduate application form
  • An example of your written work (approximately 3,000 words), such as an undergraduate assessed essay, preferably on a medieval topic; please supply the module name and level of the work.

Please contact the Institute for Medieval Studies at  for a full information pack of further course details. 

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £18,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This degree is excellent preparation for further study in related fields. It will also equip you with advanced research, communication and analytical skills that are valuable to employers in a wide range of careers such as in museums and business.

We offer a range of paid opportunities for you to gain experience that can really help with your career plans. You’ll be able to provide a mock tutorial for first-year undergraduates during their induction week, or become an academic mentor for final-year students as they complete their dissertations to gain experience of teaching, one-to-one communication and people management. 

We also run several paid one-year internships throughout the year on projects such as the International Medieval Bibliography, IMS website and the International Medieval Congress to gain practical experience.


Visit the Medieval History MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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