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Full time & Part time September MRes 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time; 24-60 months flexible

About the course

Our highly flexible and interdisciplinary MRes Medieval Studies programme is delivered by the prestigious Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS).

It offers full preparation for PhD research, including assistance with funding applications. Your focus will be on individual research, complemented by field visits and the acquisition of skills which will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Bring your studies to life through access to University-held medieval objects and manuscript, and receive first-class training in a wide variety of key skills and knowledge. Receive focused support and teaching in small group seminars of around 4-10 students, as well as individual tutorials and one-to-one guidance.

In addition to a dedicated seminar/study/resource room for use by all on the programme,

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Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good first- or second-class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) with a substantial element of history. Motivated applicants from other backgrounds may also be considered for entry.


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Where is University of Reading


Student Profile(s)

George Moyle

I chose to study at the University of Reading because of its good reputation in the university guides, its beautiful campuses, and active Students Union. I joined the Reading community in 2014 as an undergraduate, studying Ancient History and History. The lecturers, societies, and University as a whole made my experience so good that I decided to undertake a master’s course in Medieval Studies.

I enjoy all aspects of my course, particularly having the opportunity of working with leading medievalists and being viewed as a medievalist in my own right. Although it is a small department, the facilities are vast, with our own private study space in the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies room, as well as the library having extensive collections on the medieval world.

The lecturers are friendly and accessible and the small, personal, nature of my course allows me to interact with them with ease. The department has nurtured me and allowed me to reach my full potential.

It is an active department, often bringing in guest speakers and hosting book launches, which is an exciting way to uncover new research topics that I was previously unfamiliar with. They also have an active Facebook, Twitter and e-mail presence, which keeps the department relevant and the students up-to-date with the wider medieval community, as well as the opportunities available to us.


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