Research course

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

University of Kent · School of English
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent) and, normally, a taught MA qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together academic staff members from all the schools in the Faculty of Humanities, and offers postgraduate training in medieval and earlymodern research methods to students from many different disciplines.

The Centre has a reputation as a vigorous and supportive community of teachers and postgraduate students, with a strong, focused identity.

Our location in the historic city of Canterbury offers you the opportunity to experience medieval and early modern art and architecture at first hand. The Centre enjoys a close relationship with Canterbury Cathedral Archives, the Cathedral Library and Canterbury Archaeological Trust, allowing you access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material documents. We are also in easy reach of London and continental Europe.

We are interested in hearing from students with research proposals covering all aspects of medieval and early modern history, life and culture.

Research groups
Research in the School of English comes roughly under the following areas. However, there is often a degree of overlap between groups, and individual staff have interests that range more widely.

Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century
American Literature
Creative writing
Medieval and early modern
Modern Poetry

Department specialisms

At present, research topics include: the Reformation; visual and manuscript culture; community; the plays of John Lyly; medieval ecclesiastical architecture; female sexuality and transexuality; priory management; deviant and vernacular language; and kingship. You will be part of a vibrant and varied community of researchers from different disciplines.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Claire Taylor
+44 (0)1227 823140