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Mediaeval Studies (MLitt)

Course Description

MLitt in Mediaeval Studies

• An introduction to the growing field of Mediaeval Studies.

• Draws on the long-established and recognised strengths in Mediaeval Studies available from the participating disciplines – History, Art History, Divinity, English, Modern Languages and Philosophy.

• Range of expertise from Late Antiquity to the fifteenth century and across the Mediaeval World, from the Middle East and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and Scandinavia.

• Different theoretical approaches, current debates and the nature of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work in the fields of history, art history, languages and literature are presented.

• Introduction to different technical skills applied to a common body of sources.

• Taught within the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS), this programme is designed to be flexible enough to cater for students from different academic backgrounds and with different career plans, furnishing those who wish to go on to further research with the technical and interpretative skills needed for research degrees.


The University of St Andrews, as a small institution with a strong unified academic community, is exceptionally well placed to offer students the benefits of interdisciplinary studies. In the contemporary complex world students need to be prepared to call upon a strong background incorporating skills and a wider academic knowledge which crosses the boundaries of the traditional subject silos. Students taking one of our interdisciplinary degrees can be exposed to excellent academic researchers at the forefront of their discipline and will benefit from the rich dialogue that results from a diverse postgraduate class setting.

Graduates from these programmes can expect to have developed effective communication skills, intercultural understanding and the ability to critically analyse information to solve complex interdisciplinary problems. These strengths are valued by future employers and are equally valuable to those wishing to pursue a research career with an interdisciplinary aspect.

* Unique opportunities to study interdisciplinary subjects in an environment where academics regularly exchange ideas and develop interdisciplinary debate through a vibrant and active seminar, workshop and conference programme.

* An excellent Special Collections library resource.

* Our teaching arises from a foundation of world-class research.

* In our historic town, the academic disciplines are nestled side-by-side stimulating a thriving environment of intellectual discussion between postgraduates, undergraduates and academic staff.

Visit the Mediaeval Studies (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area

Course Fees

2017/18: Home/EU £7,500; Overseas £17,090

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