Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Medieval Literature and Culture

This degree offers you the opportunity to make a special study of the medieval period, considering the richness and diversity of its literature, art and history. This course runs alongside the MA Medieval History, and we have close links to other departments at Birkbeck. So you will be able to tailor this course to suit your personal interests by choosing to study relevant option modules and pursue an independent research component. You can also choose to study in either an interdisciplinary or in a more literary way, and use this course as preparation for doctoral research. As a student at Birkbeck, you will have access to some of the best resources in the world for medieval research - we are close to many renowned research libraries, galleries, museums and manuscript repositories. On this course, we will teach you the skills you need to explore these riches in original and scholarly ways. 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. English Language and Literature achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff in our Department of English and Humanities submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - The Department of English occupies houses in Gordon Square that are associated with the members of the Bloomsbury Group: 46 Gordon Square was the family home of Virginia Woolf, her brothers and her sister, Vanessa, until the latter's marriage to the art critic Clive Bell in 1907. It was later occupied by the economist John Maynard Keynes. - We have a thriving research culture, with student-led reading groups and a regular programme of major visiting speakers, including the Birkbeck Medieval Seminar and the Material Texts Network. You will also be able to access the unrivalled resources of the British Museum and the British Library, alongside a host of other world-renowned libraries, museums and galleries. - In any term, instead of a taught option module, you can opt to do a module of directed reading. This would suit a student who has a particular interest which is not covered by the offered options. You would work with a supervisor towards an independent research essay of 5000 words. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

MA: A good second-class honours degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

Core and option modules are assessed by essays. You also write a dissertation of 15,000 words. There are mandatory core course research skills sessions in the summer term.

Qualifications

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