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MA in Medieval History

Course Description

The MA in Medieval History offers an unparalleled opportunity to study at one of the world's leading centres of expertise in medieval history. The degree is equally suitable for students who wish to pursue doctoral research or careers in teaching, public history, or archives, or for those with enthusiasm for the subject but not yet a clear career direction.
Since few students will have had the opportunity to study medieval history in depth at Undergraduate level, the programme offers both wide-ranging training in sources and methods and Option Modules in specialized areas. The University of York’s Medieval MA programmes (in History, Literature, Archaelogy, Stained Glass) are some of the most popular and sought after, making York the largest centre in the UK for medieval masters level study across the Humanities disciplines.
The degree offers both thorough research training and the opportunity to explore new approaches to the history of medieval Britain and Europe with seminars led by experts in the area. You will be introduced to a wide range of sources and approaches from across the period. Team teaching on the core and training modules brings the chance to get acquainted with most staff not on leave.
You will be able to participate in the lively scholarly community surrounding the active graduate school, and also have full access to the Centre for Medieval Studies and its active programme of seminars, conferences and reading groups involving both staff and graduate students.

Programme of Study

The MA programme consists of five taught courses (80 credits in total) and a 20,000-word dissertation (100 credits). For students registered for full-time study, the programmme runs as follows:
Please note: the way the course is delivered is subject to change.

Autumn Term (October-December)
All students take the core module, Perspectives on Medieval History. Taught over two terms, this team-taught module introduces skills and analytical methods in the first term and sources in the second. Students also take an Option module chosen from a list approved by the Course Convenor. (When enrollment numbers permit, students may choose their options from the Centre for Medieval Studies and its other parent departments and the MA in Public History.)
All students also take the two skills modules, in Latin and palaeography and follow a non-credit training module across both terms.
*Core Module: Perspectives on Medieval History
*Option Module 1
*Skills Module 1: Latin
*Skills Module 2: Palaeography

Spring Term (January-March)
In the spring term, the core Perspectives module continues with an examination of a range of medieval sources, introducing students to the sources themselves, together with the analytical and interpretative skills necessary for research. Some sessions will involve handling original manuscripts sources. The study of sources in the Core Perspectives module will be supplemented by additional opportunities for source-study in the required non-credit generic training programme.
Students also take a second Option module and continue the two skills modules in Latin and palaeography. During the spring term, students begin to explore possible dissertation topics and can approach staff members for conversations about their ideas.
*Core Module: Perspectives on Medieval History
*Option Module 2
*Skills Module 1: Latin
*Skills Module 2: Palaeography

Summer Term and Summer Vacation (April-September)
Independent research and writing of dissertation
During the Summer Term and over the Vacation, students write a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a subject of their choice and under the supervision of a member of staff, submitted at the end of the academic year. The dissertation counts for 55.6% of the final assessment.
Dissertations should be focused on a well considered research question and should based on primary source material. Students receive generic advice about selecting research topics, setting up the research questions and assembling bibliographies, followed be specialist advice and guidance from an advisor with relevant expertise. The range of expertise of staff members and the wealth of source material available at York enables a wide range of topics, both chronologically and geographically.

Part-time Students
Students registered for part-time study over two years would normally take the Core course (Perspectives on Medieval History) in their first Autumn Term plus an Option in the Spring Term of their first year. This would be followed by one more Option module in the second Autumn Term and the completion of the core Module in the Spring term.

Note that the precise distribution of modules can be adjusted for individuals as long as the required credits and assessments are completed. Part-time students normally follow one skills module each year. The planning, research, and writing of their dissertation would spread over the two years of their registration.

Visit the MA in Medieval History page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates for admission to postgraduate degree programmes usually have a 2:i honours degree, or its equivalent, in an appropriate subject. However, we consider applications on an individual basis and invite candidates to visit the Department for an informal interview wherever possible.

Course Fees

2015/16 Home/EU: £6,450; Overseas: £15,150

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