Birkbeck, University of London
This programme considers the culture and society of the medieval period, which is usually understood as stretching from the transformation of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. The programme will introduce you to a variety of topics within this broad span of time, including religion and heresy, philosophy and political thought, gender, the expansion of urban communities, power and kingship, and the dynamics of historical change. You will develop your ability to critically assess and analyse historical evidence and we will look at the archaeological record, documentary evidence, including parliamentary petitions, guild records and manorial court rolls, and literary sources by authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland, among others. While the focus is on Britain, you will also study the British medieval experience comparatively alongside that of mainland Europe, in particular France and Italy. After the core module, you can choose option modules that will further extend your exploration of the period and engage your passion for particular topics. The dissertation allows you to pursue independent research in an area of personal interest under the expert supervision of one of our research-active academics. If you are interested in how societies develop over time, this course will give you a stimulating and complex perspective on this fascinating period.
MA: At least a second Class Honours degree. We also offer a 1 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. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.
Core and option modules are assessed by essays of 5000 words (4 in total); dissertation of 15,000 words.
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Named in memory of Birkbeck's former President, and one of the greatest historians of the twentieth century, 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). Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||October 2018||14,450 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2018||7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2018||7,225 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2018||3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||14,450 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2019||7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2019||7,225 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Bloomsbury Campus||WC1E 7HX||London|
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