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  • Objectives
    The Middle Ages is a period particularly suited to interdisciplinary study. This programme draws upon the strengths of literature, art, history and archaeology to explore the social, cultural and intellectual life of medieval Europe. The core course takes a number of important themes (such as sanctity, gender, political culture) and examines them from interdisciplinary perspectives. A choice of options permits more detailed examination of particular themes, and the dissertation allows you to pursue a topic of your choice in depth.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A good second-class honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • Academic Title
    Medieval Cultures (MA)
  • Course description
    The compulsory core course lasts for two terms, and covers topics such as sainthood, political cultures, religious identity, conflict, love and marriage, and medieval genders. The core course introduces you to a range of medieval topics, and develops the skills necessary for interdisciplinary analysis.

    Three options (each of one term) must be taken. There are some interdisciplinary options available, but also modules focusing on one disciplinary approach. Options currently include:

    -Medieval Narratives
    -Religion and the State (200–600 AD)
    -Classical Thought and its Medieval Legacy
    -Communities in Conflict – Land, Law and Lordship in the Early Middle Ages
    -Heresy in the Middle Ages (1000–1300)
    -Memory and History in the Middle Ages (700–1200)
    -Rebellion, Tyranny and Dissent (England 1380–1430)
    -Later Medieval London (1450–1560).

    Please note: not all options are offered each year. You should confirm module availability before enrolling.

    Supplementary courses in Latin and palaeography will be made available, as will training in some medieval vernacular languages. All texts used on the core course and options will, however, be available in translation.


    Teaching is normally by two-hour seminar, with some individual instruction for essays and the dissertation. Where student demand is high, however, a mixture of lectures and small discussion groups may be used.

    All options are assessed by essays. Dissertation of 15,000 words. Core course is assessed by one essay. Attendance at core course research skills session (summer term) is mandatory.

    When to apply
    -You should apply as early as possible.
    -Interviews May, July and September.

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