Taught course

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Durham University · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Good BA undergraduate degree in a discipline appropriate to the programme. We will require two academic letters of reference. If these are not uploaded with your application, we will contact your referees directly. It would be useful if you could inform your referees to let them know that they will be approached for references by Durham University. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a wide-ranging and thoroughly interdisciplinary programme. Students can specialise in periods from 700-1700 and in disciplines from archaeology to history to literary studies to theology. At the same time, students learn to situate these specialisms within an interdisciplinary perspective, understanding how the materials they study can be complemented by those usually within the purview of a different discipline. While focusing on the ‘medieval’ and the ‘early modern’, the programme also shows students how to subject those terms to appropriate and searching critical scrutiny.

Durham University offers outstanding resources to students on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together scholars and students from departments including Archaeology, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Physics, and Theology. With some fifty researchers, the IMEMS is one of the largest gatherings of scholars in this area in the world. It is a vibrant research community which holds regular seminars and workshops, and has a large and extremely active postgraduate community, whose Medieval and Early Modern Student Association organise regular seminars and conferences. Durham has excellent libraries and archives, at both the University and Cathedral.

Core modules

In 2016, these included:

  • Research Skills for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (30 credits)
  • Issues in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (30 credits)
  • 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Optional modules

Students also choose two optional modules from a wide variety available. In the past modules have included:

  • Artefact Studies
  • Anglo-Saxon Societies and Cultures
  • Old Norse
  • Warrior Poets in Heroic Societies
  • Middle English Manuscripts and Texts
  • Narrative Transformations: Medieval Romance to Renaissance Epic
  • Christian Northumbria 600-800
  • History, Knowledge and Visual Culture
  • Contact and Conflict: Texts and Cultures
  • Renaissance Humanism
  • Palaeography: Scribes, Script and History from Anquity to Renaissance
  • Power and Society in the Late Middle Ages
  • Negotiating Life in the Early Modern World
  • Courts and Power in Early Modern Europe and the New World
  • Latin for Research
  • Work and Play in Early Modern Europe.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
(0)191 334 3420