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MA Medieval Studies

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021

Programme Director Dr Helen Birkett
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Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline History


  • Large number of specialists in medieval studies across various disciplines
  • Expertise is especially strong in medieval history, archaeology, music, French Literature, English Literature, and Arab and Islamic studies
  • Develop skills useful for working in the heritage sector or for going on to a PhD
  • Access to medieval resources in the South West
  • Dedicated research centre

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Top 50 in World

QS World University Subject Rankings 2020

Top 10 in UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

8th in the UK for world-leading research

Research Excellence Framework 2014 

Approximately 50 staff over two campuses

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

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.

Course variants

  • 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


2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time




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 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.

Learning resources

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.

Research areas

As an MA Medieval Studies student you will be welcome to join the Centre for Medieval Studies, which brings together academic staff and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines across the University’s Colleges. We are brought together by our shared interests which run from the Early Middle Ages to the early Renaissance and may include archaeology, theology, music, literature and law. We hold regular seminars and research events which, if you decide to join us at Exeter, we hope you will not only attend but become an active part of.


Research is at the heart of History and our 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:

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.

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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.

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Read more from Dr Helen Birkett

Dr Helen Birkett

Senior Lecturer

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.

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Read more from Dr Jennifer Farrell

Dr Jennifer Farrell

Lecturer in Medieval History


As historians we have a wide range of useful skills and the Medieval Studies MA is designed to build on, enhance and add to the 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
  • Author
  • Foreign Expert
  • HR Coordinator
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing & PR Executive
  • Media Planner
  • Ministry Assistant
  • National Trust Volunteer Internship
  • Paralegal
  • PhD Study in History or Medieval Studies

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