All students take two interdisciplinary core modules:
Approaches to Medieval Studies
This module will expose you to approaches to the medieval past from a range of disciplines, in order to enable you to discuss and compare various approaches, and critically assess their utility for your own research. In the first half of the semester, you will directly compare different disciplines' approaches and methods, using key texts and case studies on important themes in the study of the Middle Ages (such as gender, space, the life-cycle, social groups, the nature of power). In the second half of term, seminars will focus on contemporary critical and cultural theories and associated modes of analysis.
Assessment: Two 2,000-word essays
Research Skills for Medieval Studies
This module will equip you with the skills necessary to proceed to postgraduate dissertation research with confidence. Themes studied will include: building a bibliography; academic writing; footnotes and citation; and writing and delivering academic papers. You will also meet with your dissertation supervisor for a number of one-to-one tutorial meetings to discuss your chosen research topic and to develop a bibliography of primary and secondary materials as appropriate.
Assessment: 3,000-word essay and oral presentation
In addition, you will choose one pathway-specific core module:
Medieval History pathway - Historical Methods
This module focuses primarily on the development of history writing since the Second World War. You will be introduced to some of the major schools of or tendencies in historical research in turn, in all of which medievalists have played a significant role: the Annales School, the English historians’ response to Marxism, cultural history, the linguistic turn, gender, history of science and critical social theory (Geertz and Foucault).
Assessment: 4,000-word essay
You will also choose three optional modules. You may choose to study one of the core modules from the other pathways as one of your options, and you can choose from a range of other modules which typically includes:
- Archaeological Theory, Method and Interpretation
- Archaeology of Greece
- Aspects of Byzantine History
- Byzantine Archaeology and Material Culture
- Byzantine Art and Architecture
- Egyptian Language 1 and 2
- Empire and Identity
- Fantastic Beasts and Where They Came From
- Fantasy and Fandom: Writing Back to the Medieval in Modern Fantasy
- Field Survey
- Funerary Archaeology
- Gender and Society in Byzantium
- GIS and Spatial Analysis
- Greek/Latin (Beginner/Advanced)
- History Advanced Option
- History Special Subject (double module)
- Individuals in History
- Landscape Archaeology
- Magic, Monsters and Marvels in the Medieval World
- Mapping the Middle Ages: Cultural Encounters in the Medieval East and West
- Material Culture
- Numismatics for Research and in Museums
- Reading French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish for Researchers
- The Economies of the Late Roman, Byzantine and Frankish East
- Understanding Medieval Literature
For full module descriptions, see our Medieval Studies MA modules page.
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.