University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Medieval History

This programme equips students with research skills in Latin, palaeography and the interpretation of medieval source material; students learn the skills and standards for locating, analysing and communicating historical material, culminating in dissertation; the School specialises in early medieval continental history, southern Italy, the crusades, British Isles, Iberian, religious, monastic and medical history.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, in history or a related subject; IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.0 in all components.

Course modules

Core modules: Research methods; Medieval Latin (which is suitable for beginners); palaeography; dissertation. Optional modules: Warfare in the age of the Crusades 1095-1204); Christian society and the Crusades, 1185-1230; preaching history (understanding sermons as literature and historical sources); life cycles (birth, death and illness in the Middle Ages).

Assessment methods

Assessments include: introduction to Medieval Latin (100% exam); intermediate Medieval Latin (80% exam, 20% assignment). Palaeography: reading Medieval manuscripts is assessed through 3 written assignments, involving transcription of documents, of a combined length of c. 2500 words. Research methods and bibliography is assessed through two written assignments of a combined length of c. 2500 words (30% and 40%) and 1 exam (30%). Optional modules are generally assessed with the submission of 2 3000-word essays. The dissertation is of 10,000 words in length, to be submitted at the end of the academic year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Institute for Medieval Studies
Telephone number: 
0113 343 3620