University of York

University of York

Medieval Literature and Languages

This programme combines the study of Old and Middle English, and approaches medieval English literature as part of a dynamic, multilingual literary culture in which English interacted with Latin, Old Norse, and French. The MA caters both for those students who wish primarily to study the literature of medieval England, and also those who wish to explore other medieval European literatures as well. The MA thus takes full advantage of staff expertise in Latin, Old English, Middle English, Old Norse, Old French (including Anglo-Norman), while another area of special focus is Palaeography. The course teaches a range of linguistic and technical skills which are essential for further medieval research.

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate degree in relevant discipline; knowledge of foreign language not required.

Course modules

The programme is fully modularised and divided into 4 taught modules (1 compulsory core course* which is currently under review, 3 options), and a research dissertation. Skills modules (Latin, Old English, Old Norse, Old French, Palaeography) are taught over the first 2 terms and are an essential part of the course. Optional modules may include: England in Europe: From Beowulf to the Roman d'Eneas; Viking Poetry; Fictions of Audacity - Middle English Popular Romance; Textual Criticism and Codicology; Reading Dante's Comedy: Text and Context; Literature, Language and Power in the Age of the Angevins; Major Middle English Authors; Early Medieval York (interdisciplinary); Renovatio: Renaissance and Renewal in the Twelfth Century (interdisciplinary); Gender and Sexuality, 1300-1550 (interdisciplinary); Medieval Cities (interdisciplinary); Aristocracies, 1250-1550 (interdisciplinary); Tales of Kings and Prophets (interdisciplinary).

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,320 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 323366