Research course

Medieval Literature

University of Birmingham · Department of English Literature and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent).

Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

If you are applying for distance learning research programmes, you will also be required to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study by distance learning.

If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated here, please contact the admissions tutor.

Months of entry


Course content

This comprehensive and focused programme offers you world-class training in the study of medieval English and related literatures.

We specialise in a variety of areas of Old and Middle English literature, ranging from the Anglo-Saxon period to the sixteenth century - and even beyond as we consider the continuing influence medieval texts have on contemporary literature, television and film.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with tutors who have strong reputations as established researchers in a wide range of areas, including manuscript studies and book history, romance, prophecy, the reception of medieval literature, regionality and epigraphy, as well as literature from Wales and Scotland.

As part of the MRes Medieval Literature you are required to take the following modules:

  • Medieval Biographical Studies
  • Meeting Medieval Manuscripts
  • Understanding Medieval Literature

These modules then provide the framework for a 20,000-word thesis to complete the programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Emily Wingfield