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Medieval Studies - MA

Course Description

The MA in Medieval Studies allows study in medieval history, literature and manuscript studies.

Course Overview

This interdisciplinary programme enables students to study the Medieval period from a range of different subject disciplines that embraces History, English, Theology, Celtic studies and Archaeology.

There are two compulsory modules that can be taken in the first or second semester, Research Methodology and Studying the Medieval. Research methods introduces students to the nuts and bolts of research, bibliographical and archival sources. ‘

'Studying the medieval' builds on this foundation to look more closely at record sources for Medieval Studies and at aspects of the study of medieval manuscripts, such as iconography and typology. This module is based in large part on the University’s special collections in the Roderick Bowen Library and Archives; unique in Wales this offers our students close and unrivalled access to our medieval manuscripts and early printed books

Students may then choose 4 further modules in medieval history (such as ‘Thomas Becket: archbishop, martyr, saint’) or medieval literature (such as ‘Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Heroic’).

For MA students the second part of the course comprises a 60 credit dissertation.


-‘Research Methodology’ (bibliographical and archival content)
-‘Studying the Medieval’ (medieval primary sources; manuscript study)
-‘The Cistercian World’ (medieval monasticism)
-‘Thomas Becket: archbishop, martyr, saint’ (medieval church history and hagiography)
-‘Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Heroic’ (medieval literature)

Key Features

The programmes are delivered on the University’s campus in Lampeter or via VLE and online learning technologies. They are taught through seminars, small workshops and individual tutorials and supervision that enable detailed and personalised feedback.

Access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables additional learning, especially work-shopping, to take place outside the sessions and supports the development of a mutually supportive cohort of committed researchers.

Moreover this programme will offer:
-Expert tuition from research active specialist staff
-Exceptional resources in the specialist holdings of the Roderic Bown Library
-Small seminar based classes
-Residential programme based on our beautiful and inpiring campus in Lampeter
-The option to complete the full programme remotely through online and distance learning


The individual modules (all 20 credit) are assessed by written assignments: essays, commentaries, short exercises. Those registering for or progressing to the MA complete a dissertation of 60 credits.

Career Opportunities

-Heritage sector
-Professional Writers
-Expert tuition from professional writers, poets, novelists, dramatists, script-writers
-An opportunity to learn about publishing through the design and production of the annual anthology
-An opportunity to read your work at such events as the Hay Festival
-Programme delivered on our beautiful and inspiring campus in Lampeter

Visit the Medieval Studies - MA page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Anna Wells

“I had been away from formal study for some time and had not studied at postgraduate level so my expectations were general - interest, challenge and new areas. It has met these expectations well… I could not find a taught medieval master’s locally in Melbourne. This was the best distance learning course I could find in terms of the modules it offered and UWTSD has experience in distance learning study… [The best things about the course are] the module content, essay feedback and prompt and supportive emails from the tutor.” - Anna Wells, MA Medieval Studies (online), Melbourne, Australia

(Student Profile)

Stephanie O'Donoghue

“I am enjoying it so far. My tutor (and all the other staff I have dealt with) is very knowledgeable and helpful and the subject matter is fascinating… I knew that I wanted to study medieval history and was particularly attracted to the course because it dealt with monastic history and had a tutor who was a recognised authority in that area. Also because it was available to study by distance learning and the cost is very reasonable” - Stephanie O'Donoghue, PG Cert Medieval Studies.

(Student Profile)

Christopher Garwood

“I like both the course subjects and the module conveners who have all given good feedback on assignments… I first chose to study with UWTSD as they offered a distance learning programme in a field in which I was interested. I enjoyed my time as a DL student and decided to continue on with another programme which was also of interest to me.”


Postgraduate Study Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require
assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information


Entry Requirements

In line with the Admission Policy of the Faculty of Humanities, applicants will normally be expected to have achieved at least a 2:1 degree in English Literature or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance). Non-standard applicants will also be considered.

Last Updated

07 March 2017

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