University of York

University of York

Medieval Studies

This course provides an introduction to the medieval cultures of Europe. The course draws on expertise from the four CMS parent departments of archaeology, English, history and history of art, and challenges students to recognise how these subjects are inter-related while allowing them to explore fields of study that most interest them. It includes unparalleled practical skills training in palaeography, diplomatic and medieval languages. The course emphasises new methodologies and techniques in the cross-disciplinary study of the Middle Ages.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a good degree or equivalent qualification, although mature students with relevant experience are also very welcome. Previous study in any of the related fields of history, history of art, literature or archaeology is particularly helpful. Some experience of medieval subjects is beneficial, but not essential.

Course modules

CMS: Early medieval York; Renovatio: Renaissance and Renewal in the 12th-century; gender and sexuality, 1300-1550; cities and hinterlands; Tales of Kings and Prophets. Archaeology single discipline modules: the age of the Vikings; medieval settlement and communites. Literature, single discipline option modules: England in Europe: from Beowulf to the Roman d�Eneas; fictions of Audacity Middle English popular romance; from Boethius to Dante: literatures in medieval Italian society (c. 500-1500); literature, language and power in the age of Angevins (c.1154-c.1216); major middle English authors; textual criticism and codicology; Viking poetry; writing history in high medieval England: language, politics and the past. History single discipline option modules: frontiers of reason; lliteracy and writing in the Dark Ages; saints and sanctity in the early Middle Ages; debating chivalry in the Middle Ages; medicine and culture in Western Europe in the Middle Ages; medieval English civic archives; the transformation of English Government, 1250-1450; saving the sinners: the medieval church and the Laity; medieval European family. History of art single discipline option modules: churches and high crosses: the art of stone in Anglo-Saxon England; scrolls and serpents: the arts of the early insular world; art and imagery of York Minster; art as urban culture in 15th-century Bruges and Florence; D�rer, Gr�newald, and Holbein: the concept of the 'northern Renaissance' artist in early 16th-century Germany; the Domestic Interior in Italy c.1400-c.1550; �Painting on Light�: Stained Glass in the Medieval Tradition.

Assessment methods

Assessment is made through coursework and dissertation.

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.


Qualification Study mode 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 - 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
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01904 323910