The MA in Medieval Studies encourages students to explore the depth and breadth of resources available in the medieval city of Lincoln – home to one of the few surviving original copies of the Magna Carta and to one of the greatest medieval cathedrals in the country. Historical archives, literary manuscripts and the built environment are all used to introduce students to advanced study of the Middle Ages. The course makes use of the remarkable range of medieval archives in Lincoln, for both city and cathedral, to teach skills such as palaeography and to explore the economic, social and religious history of England. Modules in medieval literature and Arthuriansim are supported by the wealth of literary manuscripts at the Cathedral, including one of only fifty full manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales and the Thornton Romances containing the earliest known account of King Arthur’s death.
Core modules providing essential training for postgraduates in research methods and in palaeography and diplomatic are supplemented by options from different disciplinary backgrounds (English, History and Cultural Studies). In particular, cultural studies forms an important and unique part of this programme: students can consider the enduring legend of King Arthur, deconstructing his image as ideal ruler and reconsidering him in his social context, or the beginnings of medievalism in the Renaissance in their consideration of medieval literature. Students will have the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests via their final dissertation.
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A good 2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject, or international equivalent.