Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours Bachelor degree or equivalent (for example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. Since places on the course are limited, applicants may be interviewed or asked to submit a writing sample for assessment. Offers will be made on a rolling basis from January 2015. The closing date for applications is 31st May. Should places remain unfilled, later applications may be considered. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Phil. in Medieval History is designed to provide students
with a rigorous grounding in medieval history and to prepare
high-calibre graduates, from any Arts or Social Science
background, for doctoral study or for employment outside of
academia. The course is taught by specialists not only from
the Department of History but also by medievalists in other
disciplines, including archaeology, art history, classics, gender
studies, literature and musicology. Aside from a thorough
training in key skills, the course offers students the possibility
of focusing on particular geographical areas (Ireland or
elsewhere in Europe) and on themes crucial to the shaping
of the medieval world, between c.500 and c.1550.
In a variety of modules students are trained in the analysis
and presentation of their research findings. They are also
introduced to the methodological challenges of advanced
study and research at postgraduate level. The course includes
a rigorous training in Latin (catering both for beginners and
those with an existing qualification) and in Palaeography –
the study and transcription of medieval handwriting.
Study of other languages is also possible. A suite of termlong
electives is available on substantive themes or topics,
varying from year to year. Recently offered modules include:
The Archaeology of Ancient and Early Medieval Rome; Viking
Ireland; Regnum and Sacerdotium in Narrative Sources and
Letters of the Eleventh Century; Saints and Sanctity in the
Medieval World; Kingship in Medieval England; Renaissance
Kingship, c.1488–1542; Gender Theories; Public Archaeology;
and Classics and the European Identity. The weekly James
Lydon Research Seminar provides an opportunity for invited
medievalists from Ireland and across the world to discuss
their work with graduate students. There is also a dedicated
M.Phil. Research Seminar, in which Masters students present
their research to fellow students and staff. The course
culminates with a 20,000-word dissertation, written on an
agreed topic and individually supervised by a member of staff.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr David Ditchburn
+353-1-896 1020