Taught course

Medieval Studies

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of History

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent in relevant subjects. Relevant professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

A collaboration between the Departments of English and History at Royal Holloway, the MA in Medieval Studies at Royal Holloway has an excellent reputation, having been running for almost thirty years. That reputation comes from the variety of teaching on our course: we draw on medievalists teaching across Royal Holloway in disciplines as diverse as History, English, French, Theatre Studies, and Music. The joined up approach allows us to introduce you to many aspects of medieval society and culture, while giving you the opportunity to concentrate on the areas that most fascinate you.

As historians and students of literature we come together to explore the medieval world from both literary and historical perspectives, working with source material including artefacts and manuscripts as well as archives and printed sources. The course emphasises the skills that are required for postgraduate research, whether your focus is literary or historical.

  • Our close link with the Museum of London means plenty of opportunities for field trips, courses, research, and internships.
  • As part of the University of London, we take part in the variety of events taking place in the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of English Studies. Staff from the English Department also run the London Old and Middle English Research Seminar (LOMERS).
  • You'll have the opportunity both to pursue a wide range of disciplines in small groups, coming together weekly to form a close-knit cohort. The result is not only a supportive research environment, but also the better for research, but for the warm community spirit this engenders.

Students also have the option of completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Medieval Studies. This course is designed for those who want advanced instruction in Medieval Studies, but not necessarily an independent research project. You'll take on the taught portion of the MA in Medieval Studies, without the dissertation.

Designed to be flexible, you can study the MA or Postgraduate Diploma full time or part time.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.

See our International pages for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See our Postgraduate fees and funding pages to find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations37
Written coursework / continuous assessment38
Dissertation25 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Catherine Nall & Dr Clive Burgess