|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
- Interdisciplinary degree with a large number of specialists in medieval studies across various academic subjects
- Strong faculty expertise in medieval history, archaeology, French literature, English literature, and Arab and Islamic studies
- Develop valuable skills for a career in the heritage sector or for continuing on to PhD study
- Benefit from access to a wealth of medieval resources in the South West and from a dedicated institutional research centre
- Opportunity to work 1-1 with individual academics during the Medieval Masterclass module
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Approximately 50 staff over two campuses
Normally a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline.
The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
- May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
- Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
- Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
- Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research
UK fees per year:
£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time
International fees per year:
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
Learning and teaching
Most of your teaching will be done in small groups and seminars where you will be encouraged to present your ideas, discuss and debate key points, and interpret common readings. We like to take a collaborative approach to learning and so you will have access to academic staff who will support you on the programme and can also help you prepare PhD applications or find work placements.
During the first two terms of your programme you will be assessed on the coursework you produce for your modules, and in the third and final term you will research and write your dissertation. This can be on any topic of your choosing as relates to Medieval Studies, and for some of our students it can form the basis of a later research proposal at PhD level.
The University's Streatham Campus is located with excellent access to the heart of historic Exeter which has a rich cultural heritage extending back to the Roman period and boasts particularly fine evidence of its medieval past. You will benefit from access to Exeter Cathedral Library and the University libraries which maintain excellent holdings relevant to medieval studies.
As an MA Medieval Studies student you will join the Centre for Medieval Studies, which brings together academic staff and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines across the University. We are united by our shared passion for the history and culture of the medieval period, extending from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance and including evidence from texts to physical objects and the landscape. We meet regularly as a community through our annual programme of research seminars and other events – and in which we hope you will be an active participant.
The MA Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary degree hosted by the History Department. Research is at the heart of History and our postgraduate students are encouraged to come to Departmental Research Seminars and become an active part of the wider research community. Our research centres regularly hold seminars and other research events which MA students are welcome to attend.
Our current research centres include:
- Centre for Early Modern Studies
- Centre for Imperial and Global History
- Centre for Maritime Historical Studies
- Centre for Violence Studies
- Centre for Medical History
- Centre for Medieval Studies
- Institute of Cornish Studies
As well as our research centres we also have a Postgraduate Reading Group for matters medieval which brings together our Masters and PhD students to share ideas.
You can find out more about our academic staff and their research interests on our Research pages.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History with expertise in twelfth-century Britain and Ireland, intellectual and religious culture, medieval monasticism, hagiography, and communications.
My main research interests concern the construction of texts and narratives in the central Middle Ages, and the ways in which recent information, particularly news, was transmitted and preserved.
Dr Helen Birkett
My research interests are primarily concerned with medieval representations of the supernatural (prophecy, magic and the 'otherworld') and with medieval representations and discussions of gender and sexuality.
My teaching interests lie more broadly within the field of European medieval studies, including most especially the social, cultural and political histories of England and France c. 1100-1500. I convene modules at all levels including: Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages, Medieval Paris, and Magic in the Middle Ages.
Dr Jennifer Farrell
Lecturer in Medieval History
As an interdisciplinary programme, the MA Medieval Studies is designed to introduce you to new skills and to build on and enhance skills you most likely developed at undergraduate level.
For some of our graduates a Masters degree is a step on the path to doctoral study, and if that is your interest then our MA is ideal preparation as your tutors will happily help you prepare research proposals and funding applications.
Many of our students choose to complete a Masters degree to enhance their professional skills or improve their chances of finding work in the heritage sector, which again we are happy to support through our excellent links with local archives and cultural centres.
Some of the things our recent graduates have gone on to include:
- Assistant Archivist
- Associate Research Fellow
- Foreign Expert
- HR Coordinator
- Marketing & PR Executive
- Media Planner
- Ministry Assistant
- National Trust Volunteer Internship
- PhD Study in History or Medieval Studies
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