Taught course

Medieval Studies

University of Leeds · Institute for Medieval Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, including specialisation in some aspect of Medieval Studies.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in Medieval Studies enables you to develop a European and interdisciplinary perspective on the Middle Ages. You will learn one of the languages read (Latin) or spoken internationally (vernacular) in Medieval Europe and you will acquire the technical, palaeographical and bibliographical skills necessary to produce high-level research. You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, supervised by a subject specialist.

There are four compulsory modules:

  • Research methods
  • Medieval Latin (which is suitable for beginners) or Advanced Latin
  • Palaeography
  • Dissertation

Optional skills modules in medieval vernacular languages: Old Norse, Old and Middle English, Old French and Medieval German.

You will also choose from a range of interdisciplinary option modules including:

  • The Medieval tournament
  • The Bible in the Medieval World
  • 'Theologus-Poeta: Dante and Medieval Theology
  • Vikings, Saxons and Heroic Culture
  • Religious Communities and Individual Experience of Religion, 1200 - 150

Options on Medieval topics are also available through the Schools of History, English, Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies.

The Institute for Medieval Studies runs the annual International Medieval Congress - Europe’s largest gathering of medievalists.
The University of Leeds library houses important collections of medieval manuscripts and rare books.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate.

Fees and funding

We have a generous range of funding available for postgraduate study. For further information please click here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 3610