Research course

Medieval Studies

University of Exeter · History

Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The Centre for Medieval Studies provides a lively focal point for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and teaching and brings together a dynamic community of medievalist staff and students from across the university. Staff expertise is especially strong in the areas of medieval music, French literature, Spanish literature, Italian literature, history, English, law, archaeology, and Arab and Islamic studies.

The PhD in Medieval Studies is designed for students wishing to specialise either in the area of medieval music, or in inter- or multidisciplinary research combining one or more of the specialisms offered by members of the Centre.

The collaborative spirit that characterises this medievalist community is expressed both in teaching and in research activities. We especially encourage interdisciplinary projects at postgraduate level and beyond.

Department specialisms

Medieval music; French literature; Spanish literature; Italian literature; History; English, Law; Archaeology, and Arab and Islamic studies.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306