Taught course

Medieval Studies

Institution
Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of History
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

A UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

A successful applicant will usually have the following qualities:

  • good writing skills and analytical abilities
  • broad knowledge of the medieval period
  • openness to multi-disciplinary approaches.
  • Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘high 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.

    Applicants may be asked to submit a sample of recent written work, such as two short essays or an extract from a dissertation.

Months of entry

September

Course content

A collaboration between the Departments of English and History and the Department of History at Royal Holloway, the MA in Medieval Studies 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, music and archaeology. We introduce you to many aspects of medieval society and culture, while giving you the opportunity to concentrate on the areas that interest you most.

As a historian and student of literature you will look at 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, irrespective of the area you choose to specialise in.

You may choose to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Medieval Studies, taking on the taught part of the course without completing the dissertation. This is designed for those who want advanced instruction in Medieval Studies, but cannot commit to undertaking an independent research project.

The MA and Postgraduate Diploma are designed to be flexible, so you can study either of them full time or part time.

  • As part of the University of London, you will have the opportunity to participate fully 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 may pursue a wide range of disciplines in small groups, as well as come together weekly to form a close-knit cohort, providing the foundations for a supportive research environment.

Information for international students

www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/international-students/

Fees and funding

www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-funding/

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

Name
Student Helpdesk
Email
pg.history@rhul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1784 276882