Taught course

Medieval Studies

University of York · Centre for Medieval Studies
MPhilPhD by taught

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2:1 or international equivalent in the relevant subject, although mature students with relevant experience are also very welcome. Previous study in any of the related fields of history, history of art, literature or archaeology is particularly helpful. Some experience of medieval subjects is beneficial, but not essential. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Students studying toward the MPhil/PhD in Medieval Studies work on research projects that span or blur traditional disciplinary boundaries, and are supervised jointly by staff specializing in two different subject areas.

Subject areas include Archaeology, Art and Architectural History, History (social, economic, political, cultural, ecclesiastical, intellectual and gender) and Literature (including Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Latin, Italian, French), Viking studies, codicology and palaeography.

Tuition can be offered in medieval languages (Medieval Latin, Old English, Old Frencyh, Old Norse). Palaeography and Diplomatic are taught by specialists in the early, high and late Middle Ages. Modern language teaching can be provided by the university's Languages for All centre.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Postgraduate Fees and Funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

PhD by taught

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323910