Taught course

Medieval Language, Literature and Culture

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates should hold an honours degree, preferably at least a II.1 or its equivalent (for example, a GPA of 3.3 or better), in one of the subjects on which the course concentrates. The course Admissions Committee will also consider applications from mature students. As part of the application process all applicants are required to forward a sample of their recent written work – ideally on a medieval topic – to the Course Co-ordinator. Applicants whose first language is not English should possess one of the following qualifications: IELTS grade 6.5; TOEFL grade 230 (computer-based) or 570 (paper-based); Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Proficiency in English grade C; or another qualification deemed acceptable by the course committee.

Months of entry


Course content

This interdisciplinary course is designed for well-qualified graduates who wish to extend their interest in medieval studies. The flexible structure of the course allows students to construct their degree around their particular areas of interest, while acquiring both the technical expertise to investigate primary medieval documents and an insight into the complexities of medieval culture generally. Students will have the opportunity to be taught not only by Trinity staff but also by visiting lecturers from other internationally renowned institutions.

Students take four core courses:

  • Research Methodology;
  • Medieval Thought;
  • Medieval Culture and Society; and
  • a language chosen from: Elementary Classical Latin, Medieval Latin, Old English, Middle English, Italian, Medieval German, Medieval French, Old Irish.

Two options are also chosen. Currently the subject areas include:

  • Chaucer;
  • Language and Genre;
  • Varieties of Comedy in Dante and Boccaccio;
  • 'Wild' Women in Medieval Literature;
  • Old English Prose;
  • Arthurian H;
  • Courtly love song in Medieval Europe, Early Medieval Ireland;
  • Text and Image;
  • Old English Heroic Poetry;
  • The Unruly Middle Ages; Medieval Philosophy.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Brendan OConnell