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Study the medieval period from a variety of different perspectives and choose topicss and options from eight different departments across Arts & Humanities including Classics, Digital Humanities, English, French, German, History, Music and Theology. 

In addition to a huge choice of options, we offer a module taught in partnership with the British Museum, drawing on its world-famous collection. Our wide-ranging course allows you to build a programme of study that reflects your own particular interests and to develop a specialism exploring a theme or topic in your master’s dissertation.

Key benefits

  • Unrivalled location, gives students access to major libraries, institutes and societies for medievalists.
  • Flexible combination of core skills and training modules.
  • Unique range of specialist options, allowing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study.

Description

This Medieval Studies MA draws on our strengths in medieval teaching in departments including Classics, Digital Humanities, English, French, German, History, Music and Theology. The required module Visual & Verbal in Medieval Culture, partly taught in the British Museum, offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the multi-media Middle Ages, especially the relationship between text and image. You will also be able to choose taught modules from an extensive options list, including skills modules in languages, Palaeography and Digital Humanities. We are also able to draw on the expertise of Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/clams/index.aspx) academics to offer you an exceptional geographical and historical range.

Our definition of the Middle Ages extends from the late antique to the early renaissance periods and covers eastern as well as western Europe. You will study medieval literature, languages, history, art and philosophy within a historicist framework, which will train you in a range of methodologies, from the traditional skills of palaeography and codicology to the theoretical tools of gender, sexuality and postcolonial studies. With huge flexibility and choice of module, you will be able to tailor your degree to your own interests, to the extent that no two Medieval Studies MAs are alike. At the end of the course you will bring all of the skills and knowledge you have developed to produce a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice.

You will automatically become a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and you will be invited to take part in its activities, by attending and assisting at conferences and research events, and participating in staff-student study days.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will give you six to eight hours of teaching each week through lectures, seminars and skills workshops, and we will expect you to undertake 34 hours of self- study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays and critical commentaries. Coursework generally accounts for 100% of your final mark, though if you take optional modules in Latin, these would be assessed by exam.

Location

We are located at the Strand Campus, which is in a key part of the medieval city, the main route between the City of London and the royal and ecclesiastical centre at Westminster, and so we are only a few minutes’ walk from numerous significant medieval sites. In addition to our own facilities, London offers you an unrivalled range of resources and events for medieval studies.

You will have easy access to the collections of the National Archives, the British Library, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. You will also have access to regular research seminars at other London colleges and institutions. Academics come from all over the world to work with the medieval materials that London has to offer, and they frequently visit us to talk about their research.

Regulating body

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Career prospects

Graduates go on to a variety of career options including teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries or to further research and study. 

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