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Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Research) MA, MPhil

Course Description

We are interested in hearing from students with research proposals covering all aspects of medieval and early modern history, life and culture.

Academic staff interests include: early modern material culture; late medieval art history; medieval and early modern religious history; Anglo-Saxon archaeology and liturgy; early modern politics; medieval and early modern drama; and textual editing.

At present, research topics include: the Reformation; visual and manuscript culture; community; the plays of John Lyly; medieval ecclesiastical architecture; female sexuality and transexuality; priory management; deviant and vernacular language; and kingship. You will be part of a vibrant and varied community of researchers from different disciplines.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/152/medieval-and-early-modern-studies

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

We are an interdisciplinary centre for the study of Medieval and Early Modern periods. Our 28 teaching staff are drawn from English, History, Architecture, Classical & Archaeological Studies, History & Philosophy of Art, and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

MEMS offers a successful, interdisciplinary MA programme, which attracts students from across the world. A thriving community of enterprising, supportive graduate students study for research degrees and benefit from the Centre’s involvement in the prestigious EU-funded Erasmus Mundus doctoral programme, Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME). We have close relationships with Canterbury Cathedral and the Archaeological Trust, which allow our students access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material evidence.

Study support

- Postgraduate resources

Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library have unparalleled holdings of manuscripts and early printed books. Kent’s Templeman Library holds a good stock of facsimiles, scholarly editions, monographs and journals, and we are within easy reach of the British Library, The National Archives, and other London research libraries. There are good online computing facilities across campus and, in addition, our students have special access to postgraduate computer terminals and the postgraduate student room provided by the School of History.

The Centre runs a weekly research seminar, and special termly, public lectures to which we welcome distinguished speakers. These events are at the heart of the Centre’s activities. We also run a full programme of conferences and colloquia.

- Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Historical Research; English Historical Review; Renaissance Studies; Medium Aevum; Transactions of the Royal Historical Society; and Studies in the Age of Chaucer.

- Researcher Development Programme

Kent's Graduate School co-ordinates the Researcher Development Programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/tstindex.html) for research students, which includes workshops focused on research, specialist and transferable skills. The programme is mapped to the national Researcher Development Framework and covers a diverse range of topics, including subjectspecific research skills, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and teamworking, and career management skills.

Research areas

The research interests of our staff cover areas as broad as: religion, ideas, material culture, theatre and performance culture, gender, economy, food and drink, legal history, war, visual culture, politics, architecture, history of books and manuscripts, environment and travel, art history, and literature.


The transferable skills gained from this postgraduate programme are enhanced by the University of Kent’s employability initiative and careers advice service. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to careers in heritage, museum or archivist work. Some go on to pursue research in the area, many continuing with PhDs at Kent or other higher education institutions.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Research) MA, MPhil page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yoshimichi Suematsu

"I first visited Canterbury about 20 years ago as a tourist just for one day, and enjoyed looking at the cathedral and other medieval and Tudor buildings. When I was given a year's leave from my job in 2001-2, I decided to study for MA in the University of Kent in the medieval atmosphere of Canterbury. I had sympathetic and knowledgeable lecturers, and spent a very fruitful and pleasant year. So, when I decided to take an early semi-retirement this time, I wanted to study in Canterbury again. With the cathedral, medieval friaries, parish churches, hospitals for pilgrims and many other splendid old buildings, the city offers abundant stimuli for students of medieval and early modern culture, and the cathedral library gives us a lot of opportunities and materials to study rare manuscripts and early modern books. I highly recommend MEMS to foreign students interested in medieval and early modern England."


MEMS Friends Studentship - 20+ Awards

We are delighted to offer a new studentship sponsored by MEMS Friends. Now in its third year, this studentship is available to UK, EU and overseas students and will cover all - or part - of the tuition fees at the home rate (£5,250 full-time/ £2,625 part-time).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,250 full-time/ £2,625 part-time


UK, EU and overseas students

Application Procedure


Entry Requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in an appropriate subject or equivalent.

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