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Course content

This multidisciplinary MA, taught in conjunction with the Museum of London and the English and Modern Language departments, has gained a high international reputation. It introduces students to many different aspects of medieval society and culture while allowing them to concentrate on particular areas of interest. It also emphasises research skills, whether literary or historical, and provides an introduction to a wide range of source materials. Students are prepared thoroughly for the dissertation that completes the course, and they can then, if they wish, develop their detailed work into convincing proposals for further research at doctoral level.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Medieval Narratives
  • Medieval London - Society and Literature

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Arthurian Literature and Tradition in England
  • Byzantium and The First Crusade
  • Byzantium and the Fourth Crusade
  • The English Reformation and its Medieval Background
  • Introductory Latin for Medievalists
  • Further Latin for Medievalists
  • Literature of Medieval London

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of assessment methods, including coursework, essays, oral presentations, and formal examinations.

Your future career

The Departments of English and History have an impressive record for placing graduates in academic jobs and in prominent position outside academia.

Former students from English have been appointed to university posts in Edinburgh, Sussex and Leeds, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National University of Ireland.

Our History alumni have gone on to work in university departments across the country, from Durham to Winchester, and across the world, from Swansea to Taipei.

These Departments also prepare postgraduates for successful careers in a variety of the other areas, such as:

  • teaching
  • writing and journalism
  • administration
  • marketing
  • human resources
  • the Civil Service fast track graduate trainee programme

Visit the Medieval Studies - MA/PGDip page on the Royal Holloway, University of London website for more details!




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