Taught course

Medieval Studies

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of History

Entry requirements

A good first degree, i.e. at least a 2.1, in any subject. Non-standard applications will be considered, however.

Months of entry


Course content

Although distant from us in time, the medieval is all around us, not only in physical remnants of the past (such as cathedrals and castles) and as the point of origin of many of our institutions (such as the monarchy, the church, and the university), but as the inspiration for poetry, novels, films, paintings, documentaries, and countless other expressions of our engagement with the medieval period.

The aim of this multi-disciplinary course is to introduce you to many different aspects of medieval society and culture while allowing you to concentrate on particular areas of interest. The course emphasises the skills that are required for postgraduate research, whether your focus is literary or historical, and provides you with an introduction to a wide range of source materials such as artefacts, archives, manuscripts, and printed sources.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 7 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,200 (2014 entry)
International students
£12,900 (2014 entry)

See https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

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 P Horden, History/Dr J. Neville, English