Taught course

Medieval History

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Arts
Qualifications
MLitt

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Note: a short (one paragraph) statement of interest is also required. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

We have one of the greatest concentrations of world-leading medievalists in the UK, covering the entire span of the Middle Ages and a wide range of regions from Ireland to Byzantium. This Masters in Medieval History provides you with thorough research training and a wide set of transferable skills in the conception, design and execution of a research project.

Why Glasgow

  • Glasgow is home to the Glasgow Centre of Medieval & Renaissance Studies and the Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies.
  • In the most recent independent review of research quality (RAE 2008), History at Glasgow was placed in the top two Scottish universities and in the top ten of the prestigious UK Russell Group.

  • You will enjoy ready access to the Baillie Collection, our prized collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history. The collection also offers printed state papers, Historical Manuscript Commission publications and a select collection of modern monographs.
  • Our programme has strong links with the University's Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, giving you access to primary source material including an enormous collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, coins, books, manuscripts and ethnography.
  • You will join an extensive medieval research community. Glasgow has active charter and chronicle research groups in medieval studies, a reading group and regular staff-student seminars. The annual Edwards Lecture is the keynote event in the calendar of this scholarly community.

Programme Structure

Our History Masters are built around a hands-on research training course, specialised courses on historical and theoretical themes, and other courses developing your technical skills and other abilities like languages and palaeography.

If you choose to study Medieval History, there will be a guided selection of courses that will provide you with the specialised knowledge in that field. You will be taught through a series of seminars and workshops. Internationally recognised historians give guest lectures throughout the year.

In the final part of the programme, you will select a specialised topic and conduct original primary source research for your dissertation. You are supported in your research and writing up by an assigned supervisor with expertise in your field of inquiry.

Core courses

  • Research resources and skills for historians.

Optional courses

Course options may include

  • Writing the Middle Ages
  • Chivalry and warfare in late Medieval Europe, c1300-1500
  • Constructing faith: systems of belief and religious networks in the Middle Ages
  • Critical evaluations of secondary sources and methods in Scottish Medieval Studies I and II
  • From antiquity to the Middle Ages
  • Introduction to medieval manuscript studies
  • Barbarians in the Mediterranean
  • Popular revolt in the late Middle Ages
  • The Crusades.

To widen your approach and develop an interdisciplinary perspective, you are also strongly encouraged to take one or two complementary courses in cognate subjects, such as

  • Explorations in the Classical tradition
  • Inventing the 'Clash of Civilisations': East against West from Homer to Hadrian
  • Approaching the past: sources and methods in medieval Scottish and Celtic Studies
  • Themes in later medieval Scottish archaeology
  • Early Christian monuments of Scotland
  • Heritage and cultural informatics.

Courses in Scottish literature, English literature, theology, history of art and other College of Arts subjects can also be studied, by agreement with the programme convener.

Information for international students

IELTS:overall score 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0. ibTOEFL: 92; with Speaking no less than 23.CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. PTE Academic: 64; minimum 62 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£14500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/medievalhistory/

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Martin MacGregor
Email
humanities-pg@glasgow.ac.uk