Research course

Medieval Studies

University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage

Entry requirements

Relevant Master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

MPhil/PhD Medieval Studies offers you the opportunity to undertake an intensive study of a topic of your choice in the history, literature, and/or culture of the medieval period, and to make an original contribution to scholarly understandings of your chosen subject area. As a medieval city, Lincoln provides an ideal backdrop to undertake your research. You will have access to a wealth of local resources, including our established Medieval Studies Research Group.

While the emphasis is on your independent research, you will receive guidance from academic supervisors whose broad range of expertise includes Roman and medieval history of the British Isles, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean (with a focus on the Iberian Peninsula); along with gender and literary studies; social, political, economic, legal, religious and cultural history; archaeology; medievalism; and the history of emotions.

Our MPhil/PhD programme relies on the research expertise and collaboration of members of our Medieval Studies Research Group.

Strong links exist within other areas of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, especially with the Lincoln School of Film, Media and Journalism. An interdisciplinary research culture facilitates collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics. We also collaborate with the Global and Transregional Studies Research Group and with the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Committee of the School of History and Heritage.

Current and Recent PhD projects include:

  • Merovingian queenship
  • Gregory the Great’s exegesis of the Song of Songs
  • Christians in medieval Muslim Spain
  • The last Earls of Surrey
  • Royal step-mothers in C13-C14 Europe
  • Animal representations in Lincoln Cathedral

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages: for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

For further advice on IELTS and the support available, please contact the International College by email at

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    18+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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