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Medieval Studies (MRes)

Course Description

This programme is designed for maximum flexibility as well as to prepare students for further postgraduate research in all aspects of medieval studies.

This course is open to graduates of any humanities or social science subject who are interested in studying the middle ages, and offers training in new disciplines and in using all types of medieval source material. It can be taken over up to five years and offers specialised training in individually selected research skills. Students are full members of the prestigious Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015), take part in all our research events, and can publish in our online journal.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/history-pg/mres-medieval-studies.aspx

The MRes programme aims:
- To provide graduate students with a thorough grounding in contemporary approaches to key aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages;
- To equip them with the tools for further research by developing their critical and conceptual understanding;
- To deal with a multidisciplinary approach (via a compulsory core module, Researching the Middle Ages, which gives students wide-ranging training in areas relevant to medieval studies);
- To offer the opportunity to develop linguistic and palaeographic skills; To promote independent study and research skills as a basis, where appropriate, for a research degree.

Modules include:

- How to research the Middle Ages: this module introduces the disciplines available within the MA, and the research skills specific to each.

- Source Analysis: this module enables students to work with an expert supervisor on a piece of evidence of their own choice. It might be one of the medieval manuscripts or coins held in the University Library, a medieval building, or a published text.

- Option modules taught by supervisors from Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Economics, English Literature, History or Modern Languages

- A Dissertation: usually taken as the last part of the programme and designed to build upon knowledge and expertise gained in other modules.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

Our MA and MRes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of careers. As well as providing ideal preparation for a PhD, they will enable you to develop experience and contacts in museums, collections, archives and teaching. Recent graduates have also gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, heritage, university administration and the media.


Choose from a wide range of courses in a truly interdisciplinary environment, to broaden your understanding of history and build a unique pathway for your interests and aims.

Thanks to our cooperation with other departments, the Museum of English Rural Life and the Institute of Education, our students work in a truly interdisciplinary environment and join a vibrant academic community.

Our MA students are an important part of the Department. They are involved in our research seminar series and are routinely invited to our conferences and events. We also have a dedicated Postgraduate Room, where MA and doctoral students work together, exchange ideas and motivate each other.

The course is very flexible and it allows students to register fulltime, part-time or modular.

Visit the Medieval Studies (MRes) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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