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Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Mediaeval Studies is an interdisciplinary programme run by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS).


    • Draws on the long-established and recognised strengths in Mediaeval Studies available from the participating disciplines – Art History, Divinity, English, History, Modern Languages and Philosophy.
    • Gives students the opportunity to work closely with colleagues covering a vast range of expertise from Late Antiquity to the 15th century and across the mediaeval world, from the Middle East and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and Scandinavia.
    • Introduces different theoretical approaches, current debates and the nature of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work in the fields of history, art history, languages and literature.
    • Offers an opportunity to combine training in Manuscript Studies and Palaeography with interdisciplinary work or single discipline modules.
    • Includes weekly seminars and regular workshops, bringing students into direct contact with visiting academics.

Teaching format

The course comprises two semesters of taught modules followed by a three-month focus period for writing a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Teaching methods include seminars, practicals and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed entirely through coursework; the Core Language and Text Skills modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,450 Overseas: £19,400

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3332