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Medieval Studies MA


Course Description

Medieval Studies is a well-known and internationally recognised area of expertise at Bangor. Over the decades particular strengths in Arthurian literature, Welsh History and Archaeology and Cymraeg, as well as Music have attracted postgraduates to Bangor to work with experts in each of these areas. Additional strengths include gender and devotional literature (in the School of English), Anglo-Norman studies, and early sacred music, among others. Interdisciplinary approaches form the core of medieval studies, and the current expertise at Bangor guarantees this approach both through the core module and through the option modules. In addition to this, Bangor can boast a unique combination of modules students can choose from, such as do not normally feature together: Welsh, Arthurian studies and Music form the distinctive core of the provision, alongside our widely recognised expertise in teaching palaeography and codicology.

Course Structure
In Part 1 of the course, students develop skills and acquire subject knowledge by way of preparation for Part Two, a 20,000 word dissertation. The Diploma, which consists of Part One of the MA programme, aims to develop learner autonomy to the point where the student is capable of beginning a scholarly dissertation at MA level.

Part 1: At the beginning of this course, all students must register for the following modules:

Understanding the Middle Ages (semesters 1 and 2)
Manuscripts and Printed Books (1 semester)
In addition to these modules, students may choose from a wide range of modules in this part of the course which may include:

Cymraeg:

CXC4004: Britain’s Celtic Heritage (40 credits)
CXC4005: Medieval Welsh literature (40 credits)

English:

QXE4030: Medieval Arthur (30 credits): This module explores the Arthurian myth from the earliest archaeological evidence to the end of the fifteenth century, with a view to exploring its evolution in a variety of the socio-political contexts, as well as material culture (manuscript and printed editions, artefacts). Focusing on a number of texts in different genres and languages (read in English translation when necessary), the module will offer postgraduates an insight into the origins and development of Arthurian themes in medieval literature (Convener: Dr Raluca Radulescu.)

QXE4029: Women’s Devotional Writing (30 credits)

QXE4016: Pre-Modern Travel (30 credits)

QXE4032: Advanced Latin for Postgraduates (20 credits)

History, Welsh History and Archaeology:

HPH4000: The Age of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (40 credits)

HPH4002: The Archaeology of the Early Medieval Celtic Churches (40 credits)

HPH4013: The Duke, Duchy and Institutions of Normandy, 942-1135 (40 credits)

HPH4017: Women and Power in the High Middle Ages (40 credits)

HPH4018: Medieval Latin (20 credits)

Music:

General explanation: Modules in Early Music place a thematic focus on music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They are intended to broaden the student’s knowledge of different types of music composed during these periods as well as the various contexts within which they were placed. This will include consideration of analytical, repertorial, palaeographic, biographical, institutional, social and cultural aspects. A number of case studies, complemented by directed reading and assignments, will explore the depth of historical and musicological study and understanding and enable a student to address specific, focused periods, topics and/or issues in which they have an interest.

Part 2: Preparation of a 20,000 word dissertation on a subject related to medieval studies agreed by your chosen supervisor. This preparation will involve a series of one-to-one supervisory meetings during the summer, once Part 1 has been completed successfully.

Visit the Medieval Studies MA page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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AHRC-FUNDED THREE YEAR PHD STUDENTSHIP IN ENGLISH LITERATURE OR LINGUISTICS - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in English Literature or Linguistics beginning on 1st October 2011. This award will support research in designated areas in which the two Schools of English (Literature) and Linguistics have world-leading expertise. Applications are invited from potential researchers who wish to pursue a programme of research leading to a PhD in one of the following four areas: i) Bilingualism, ii) Cognitive Linguistics, iii) Arthurian studies or iv) Welsh writing in English. The School of Linguistics boasts world-leading researchers in the areas of Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics, while the School of English is well-known internationally for its established expertise in Arthurian Studies and Welsh writing in English. However, students wishing to work on other aspects of English Literature, English Linguistics or comparative studies are also encouraged to apply, as these Schools offer research expertise ranging across the breadth of both academic disciplines. Further information about the School of Linguistics is available from the following website: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/linguistics. Further information about the School of English is available on the web here: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/english.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £13,590

Eligibility

Applicants should hold a distinguished academic record, which will include a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) and, in the case of those applying for one of the three-year PhD studentships, will preferably have gained, or be in the process of studying for, a Masters degree or relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to successfully complete the MA/PhD by research within the period of the award. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held later in July or early August. Applicants *must* apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. . Please supply all the relevant supporting documents requested on the on-line application form electronically including the research proposal (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca


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AHRC One-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM): Welsh/Celtic Studies - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC one-year Research Preparation Masters (RPM): Welsh/Celtic Studies (one year full-time or two years part-time) beginning on 1st October 2011. This award is designed for students undertaking Masters courses who wish to focus on advanced study and research training related to Welsh/Celtic Studies, and is explicitly intended to provide a foundation for further research at doctoral level. Within the broad discipline of Celtic Studies, Bangor is a recognised centre of excellence for the study of Welsh, and the advanced study may concentrate on any area of Welsh literature from the medieval period to the present. The advanced study may also be comparative in nature, linking the above subject area with related academic disciplines and fields of study such as Welsh History, Religion, Archaeology, Music, English literature, Welsh Writing in English, Arthurian Studies, European Languages, Cultural Studies and Political Theory and Ideology, for example.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £9490

Eligibility

Applications for the RPM in Welsh/Celtic Studies should have an outstanding undergraduate record of achievement, i.e. a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent). Full-time MA students who qualify for the full AHRC studentship will have their tuition fees paid for and will receive a stipend of £9,490. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants. Please be aware that EU applicants may qualify for a fees-only award. For more details on eligibility please refer to section 7 and Annexe A of the following document:
http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/GuidetoStudentFunding.pdf

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held later in July or early August. Applicants *must* apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the on-line application form, applicants are also required to provide as an electronic attachment a statement (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead. You will also need to specify how your advanced study at MA level could be developed into a PhD proposal, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#acahttp://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca


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AHRC-FUNDED THREE YEAR PHD STUDENTSHIP IN CELTIC STUDIES/WELSH - Single Award

Applications are invited by the Graduate School of Arts, Education and Humanities at Bangor University for an AHRC PhD Studentship in Welsh/Celtic Studies beginning on 1st October 2011. Within the broad discipline of Celtic Studies, Bangor is a recognised centre of excellence for the study of Welsh, and research proposals may concentrate on any area of Welsh literature from the medieval period to the present. Applications for this award may also be comparative in nature, linking the above subject area with related academic disciplines and fields of study such as Welsh History, Religion, Archaeology, Music, English literature, Welsh Writing in English, Arthurian Studies, European Languages, Cultural Studies and Political Theory and Ideology, for example. For further details of the research expertise in the academic schools of the College, see http://www.bangor.ac.uk/caeh/courses_pg.php.en?catid=&subid=5079

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fee + £13,590

Eligibility

Applicants should hold a distinguished academic record, which will include a Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) and preferably will also include the award of, or current study for, a Masters degree or relevant professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to complete successfully a PhD by research within the period of the award. Full-time Doctoral students who qualify for the full AHRC studentship will have their tuition fees paid for and will receive a stipend of £13,590 p.a. AHRC awards are open to UK and to EU applicants. Please be aware that EU applicants may qualify for a fees-only award.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011 and interviews will be held later in July or early August. Applicants *must* apply using the University's Postgraduate On-Line Application Form available here. . Please supply all the relevant supporting documents requested on the on-line application form electronically including the research proposal (max. 1000 words) detailing:
(i) relevant research skills and experience (including, for example, I.T. skills, and a brief description of university programme of study to date), and
(ii) the main focus of postgraduate interest, research plans and an understanding of the challenges ahead, and
(iii) whether or not you are applying to other institutions with an AHRC BGP (if so, please state the name of the institution or institutions).

Further Information

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/studentfinance/postgrad/scholarships.php.en#aca



Entry Requirements

Applicants to this programme should normally have a 2(i) undergraduate BA (Hons) degree in one of the component subjects of the degree, demonstrating high achievement in elements relevant to the proposed research or equivalent experience. They should also, in their applications, outline the area in which they wish to specialise.

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