Taught course

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

This taught postgraduate course accepts students with a 2:2 degree average or higher in a relevant background discipline.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

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Months of entry


Course content

Situated at the heart of a famous medieval World Heritage site, this MA offers a cutting-edge and student-inspired course of study designed to develop your research, critical thinking, and professional skills, equipping you to thrive in a global and digitalised world. You can customise your degree to suit your interests: you will design your own specialist research projects as well as your own graduate research dissertation, which is an important culmination of graduate study that is recognised by employers across a wide range of industries. Study the past to thrive in the future.

This MA is designed to help you maximize your employability through training in public history, digital humanities, and heritage at postgraduate level. It simultaneously makes available the training and resources necessary to take the next step and pursue PhD level research in premodern history and heritage studies. This course offers you an anticipated edge in the professional job market, particularly in the cultural and heritage industries, in teaching, and in the civil service.

Training in advanced and independent research, essay and report-writing, digital humanities and public heritage work, and in the critical interrogation of a wide variety of sources are some of the most sought-after skills by employers. The course team ensures that postgraduate study remains accessible, and you do not need to have completed a History BA in order to apply. This MA is suitable for anyone wishing to return to the academic study of history after a break to pursue a passion for a historical period, to improve intellectual and communication skills, or to start a new career.

You can specialise in the Medieval and Early Modern periods (900CE to 1800CE), and within this broad temporal remit you can explore social change, literary production, intellectual exchange, religious and political tension and transformation, environment, landscape, and much more besides across a vast range of contexts, geographies, and cultures.

By focusing on the premodern past and drawing in insights from Archaeology, Digital Heritage, and Literary Criticism, this MA provides a distinctive and interdisciplinary experience. All modules draw directly on the research and publications of our tutors, keeping you at the forefront of academic work on the premodern past.

All about the course

History is one of the foundational disciplines in humanities scholarship. By training as a historian, you will learn to seek and sift complex information, to critically assess primary sources, to trace the connections between culture, society, politics, and economics, to explain change over time, and to understand past events of enormous importance. Situated in a World Heritage Site, Canterbury Christ Church offers a unique context in which to undertake your studies. You have convenient access to numerous archives in London, and locally in Kent.

Canterbury’s own history spans from the Roman period through the twentieth century and to the present day, and you will find evidence of this history all around you. You will be taught in small classes by experienced academic staff who are noted authors and specialists. The Course is designed to be both accessible and rigorous, and you can study History at MA level without necessarily having done so before. This course is taught through graduate-level seminars and workshops. Students are asked to prepare in advance for substantive class discussions which might cover primary sources, key secondary literature, methods and approaches to the past, or to present their work and research to others.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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