Taught course

Medieval History

Birkbeck, University of London · History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

At least a second-class honours degree.

We also offer a one-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.

Months of entry


Course content

Between the heyday of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance (c. 200-1500), Europe, the Middle East and North Africa were transformed. The loss of Roman power in the west, the rise of Christianity and Islam, the changing shape of cities and the development of new technologies and economic systems are only some of the processes which you will have a chance to explore. Their impact was felt from Britain to India and China. This Master's degree in Medieval History will train you in the skills needed to explore societies which developed in this fascinating period and will give you the freedom to trace your own path through it.

The programme will introduce you to a variety of topics, including religion and heresy, philosophy and political thought, the expansion of urban communities, power and kingship and travel and mobility. You will develop your ability to assess and analyse historical evidence, examining material and textual sources. Courses offered include analysis of guild records, manorial court rolls, literary sources such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Margery Kempe, maps and travel texts, coins and architectural remains. Breadth of interdisciplinary coverage and geographical scope, including seminars on Byzantium, the Indian Ocean, the Low Countries, Italy, France, Britain and Scandinavia, make the Birkbeck Medieval History MA a unique, challenging and exciting introduction to the Middle Ages.

Information for international students

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 no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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