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Medieval Studies MA

Course Description

Unique opportunity for interdisciplinary and crosscultural study. Core module Making the Middle Ages plus a choice from around 20 modules in medieval history, literatures, languages and philosophy, covering western and eastern Europe from late antiquity to the cusp of the renaissance.

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.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/medieval-studies-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This MA programme exploits the School's internationally recognised expertise in medieval studies of literature, history and culture. You will have access to all lectures and seminars run by the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies and the University of London's Professor of Palaeography is based at King's. The optional modules include skills such as medieval languages and palaeography, interdisciplinary explorations of themes such as Arthurian Tradition, and single-discipline specialised study.

- Course purpose -

To deepen subject knowledge and develop skills in research methods, critical analysis and judgement. To provide training in techniques required for advanced study and to offer opportunities for specialist work.

- Course format and assessment -

Taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation on an agreed topic which accounts for 25 per cent of the total marks. The core modules are assessed by submitted essays or projects, and the specialist modules by written examination and/or essays. Written papers are taken in the May examination period, essays are normally submitted in early January and early May and the dissertation in early September.

Student Destinations:

Research in medieval studies; teaching, journalism or cultural administration.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Medieval Studies MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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"The two things that first attracted me to King’s were staff reputation and the university’s connections. It was the opportunity to be mentored by Arden editors and taught at The Globe Theatre which made me accept the offer to study Shakespeare at King’s. I have not regretted my choice.

Through this programme I have obtained a 12-month internship at The Globe – a crash course in application of academic research which will undoubtedly prove an extremely transferable skill. Being completely self-funded, I will have to work for a few years to be able to afford a PhD, and I feel that my time at King’s is well preparing me for that necessity. My career interests lie in theatre management and publishing, two areas into which my internship and the invaluable support of the editors on staff have cast precious insight.

I’d advise prospective students to choose a subject they adore. Graduate study is hard work, so the only way you are going to find the determination to be the best you can be is if your specialist area is the thing you want to do most in the world!"


Entry Requirements

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent – as guidance US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3) in an arts subject. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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