Taught course

Medieval History

University of Cambridge · School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement: normally an undergraduate degree in history or a cognate discipline with a First Class or high 2:1 result (65 or above; American GPA 3.7 or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Course provides opportunity to study an aspect of Medieval History in depth. Also includes, depending upon period studied, Training in Palaeography and Diplomatic; Medieval Latin; Research Methods and Resources; Codicology; Archaeology. Course has two parts. Part One is taught through seminars and classes, and consists of three period-based Options: The Carolingian Empire and its neighbours; The Normans in Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean; England in the Later Middle Ages c.1250-c.1500. Part Two consists of a 15-25,000-word thesis submitted end of August. Students are encouraged to choose a thesis topic broadly related to the scope of chosen Option.

Information for international students

International students are expected to demonstrate fluent command of the English Language in IELTS (preferably) or TOEFL. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 7.0 with 7 in speaking, listening and writing and 6.5 in reading. International students account for about two-thirds of the Cambridge History graduate community.

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants/students: AHRC or ESRC studentships; Domestic Research studentships/Millenium Scholarships; (for EU applicants/students only: Gates Cambridge Scholarships); other applicants/students from all other countries: CIIS and/or Gates Cambridge Scholarships; admission application by 15 October for Gates and/or CIIS funding; admission application by 31 January for AHRC, ESRC funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations11
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation56 (25000 words)

Course contact details

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