Research course

Medieval Studies

University of York · Centre for Medieval Studies

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Entry requirements

We invite applications from candidates wishing to work in all the major areas of interest covered by the department's research expertise. The particular interests of individual staff are outlined on our staff pages, and this often includes recently supervised research topics.

Preliminary enquiries are welcomed and should be made as early as possible. Before writing your research proposals, we advise you to consult the list of staff research interests and try to identify potential supervisors in the Centre. They will be pleased to give you advice on the feasibility of your research ideas and offer feedback on a draft proposal. When making their application, candidates are advised to make their research proposals as specific and clear as possible.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

York's Centre for Medieval Studies is the oldest interdisciplinary centre for postgraduate study of the Middle Ages in Great Britain, and it is also one of the most respected centres in the world. It is one of the few institutions in the world where postgraduate students undertake interdisciplinary research in Medieval Studies. The faculty are world experts in their fields, the whole atmosphere is friendly and supportive, and a PhD from York is well regarded throughout the world when you move on to seek academic employment.

What can I study?

Students studying toward the 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Gillian Galloway