Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Medieval History

Between the heyday of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance (c. 200-1500), Europe, the Middle East and North Africa were transformed. The loss of Roman power in the west, the rise of Christianity and Islam, the changing shape of cities and the development of new technologies and economic systems are only some of the processes which you will have a chance to explore. Their impact was felt from Britain to India and China. This Master's degree in medieval history will train you in the skills needed to explore societies which developed in this fascinating period and will give you the freedom to trace your own path through it. The programme will introduce you to a variety of topics, including religion and heresy, philosophy and political thought, the expansion of urban communities, power and kingship and travel and mobility. You will develop your ability to assess and analyse historical evidence, examining material and textual sources. Courses offered include analysis of guild records, manorial court rolls, literary sources such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Margery Kempe, maps and travel texts, coins and architectural remains. Breadth of interdisciplinary coverage and geographical scope, including seminars on Byzantium, the Indian Ocean, the Low Countries, Italy, France, Britain and Scandinavia, make the Birkbeck Medieval History MA a unique, challenging and exciting introduction to the Middle Ages. Highlights - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Of our eligible staff, 94% submitted research, and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research. - Our Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research. These include the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. - We are also at the heart of academic London with access to world-class research resources. We are five minutes' walk from the British Museum and the British Library, and the Institute of Historical Research - with its internationally renowned library collection and seminars that you can attend - is nearby. The Museum of London is a short tube ride away. - The Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarship fund offers a full fee-waiver for Home, EU and Overseas Master's students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (part-time awards are pro-rata). - Birkbeck Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials.

Entry requirements

MA: We offer a one-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Compulsory and option modules are assessed by essays of 5000-5500 words (four in total); you also write a dissertation of 15,000-16,000 words. Every module has an attendance requirement, so you will need to attend at least 60% of classes in order to pass.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
02076316268