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The MA in Medieval Studies is an exciting programme that brings together specialist Medievalists in the disciplines of history and literature.

Key Features of MA in Medieval Studies

The MA in Medieval Studies covers Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, and from the British Isles and France to Italy and the Holy Land. Areas of particular expertise include gender, warfare, aristocratic culture and frontiers and borderlands.

Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the medieval heritage of South Wales and the surrounding region, through work with the West Glamorgan Record Office and the library of Hereford Cathedral and through contact with the organisations that are responsible for the preservation of Welsh historical sites, Cadw and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. 

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Medieval Studies Course Structure

The full-time Medieval Studies course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

Medieval Studies students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

Medieval Studies Course Structure

  • To develop critical, theoretical and analytical skills and improve written and oral communication skills.
  • To develop critical awareness of academic enquiry and debate concerning the Middle Ages.
  • To develop advanced research skills in Medieval Studies.


Modules on the Medieval Studies course typically include:

  • Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches
  • Research Folder
  • Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 2: Themes and Sources
  • Postgraduate Latin
  • Latin Texts
  • Saints and Sinners in Christian Late Antiquity
  • Discovering Old English
  • The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
  • Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
  • Debates and Approaches in Heritage and Public History
  • The Normans in Western Europe and the Mediterranean: Memory, identity and diaspora, c.900-1150
  • Reading Medieval Manuscripts
  • Directed Reading in Medieval Studies
  • Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
  • Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
  • Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
  • Intermediate German for Postgraduate Students
  • Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
  • Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students

Who should Apply?

Students interested in Medieval Studies from a History, English, Medieval Studies, Classics and Ancient History, or related background. Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to medieval studies.


Career expectations are excellent for Medieval Studies graduates. Our graduates are employed in diverse and dynamic vocations such as education; museum and heritage management; business; civil service; marketing, sales and advertising; commercial, industrial and public sectors; media and PR; social and welfare professions and some go on to study a PhD.

Research Interests

MEMO, the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research, brings together scholars working in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, European languages and classical studies, covering the period approximately AD 400 to 1800.

GENCAS, the Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society, brings together staff from across the campus who research into gender. It hosts conferences, symposia and workshops, and provides a home forPhD students working on gender.

Regular research seminars and lectures are run through these groups and also through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) which students are encouraged to attend.

Student Quote

"Studying a Medieval Studies MA at Swansea has been a brilliant experience. The department here at Swansea are fantastic and are always willing to help and provide guidance, if necessary. The course itself gives a wide option of modules areas, which gives scope for individual research interests. The opportunities available to postgraduates at Swansea provide a full and diverse year, as well as aiding in the preparation for further study. I would personally recommend Swansea to anyone with a passion for medieval history or literature."

Chris Bovis, Medieval Studies, MA

Visit the Medieval Studies MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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