Our recruitment policy is flexible and the MA is designed to allow access to the degree for students from non-traditional backgrounds as well as recent graduates.
Months of entry
UWTSD’s Medieval Studies programmes involve the study of the medieval period covering disciplines encompassing history, theology, Celtic studies, archaeology and literature.
The MA programme includes two compulsory modules that can be taken in the first or second semester; Research Methodology and Studying the Medieval. Research Methodology will develop your research skills, including the use of bibliographical and archival sources. 'Studying the medieval' builds on this foundation to look more closely at recorded sources with the study of medieval manuscripts, iconography and typology.
The university has a well-established record of research and teaching in the medieval period, and the programmes are underpinned by advanced research methods, the study of theoretically informed critical approaches and the scholarly examination of manuscripts and early printed books.
The MA programme also offers optional Latin modules. Specifically for language learners who study at a distance, the School of Classics provides the support of dedicated distance language tutors for all its language modules. The distance language tutors provide assistance and support to language learners, as well as interim feedback on assessment.
Learning and Teaching
MA students will study six, 20-credit modules followed by a dissertation. Students on the MRes pathway will study three taught modules followed by a 120-credit dissertation amounting to up to 30,000 words. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase. The awards of PG Cert and PG Dip will be made upon completion of 60 or 120 credits respectively.
You will benefit from the expertise of our specialist staff and access to unique resources including the holdings of the Special Collections of the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, these include over 35,000 printed works, 8 medieval manuscripts, around 100 post medieval manuscripts and 69 incunabula.
- Research Methodology (20 credits)
- Studying the Medieval: Manuscripts and Records (20 credits)*
- Dissertation (60 or 120 credits)
Optional Modules (MA Programme only):
- The Cistercian World 1: Citeaux and the Growth of the Cistercian Order (20 credits)
- St Thomas Beckett: Archbishop, Martyr, Saint (20 credits)
- Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Heroic (20 credits)
- Women in the Middle Ages: Sources from the Celtic Regions (20 credits)
- Y Mabinogi (20 credits)
- Intensive Latin 1 & 2 (20 credits each)
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Professor Janet Burton