This is an interdisciplinary programme, involving History, Art History, English Literature, Religions and Theology and European Languages, focusing on the medieval period in Europe (c.AD 350-1550). The study of Late Antiquity and the Medieval Period is an area of excellence at Manchester, well capable of providing expert supervision across a wide range of subject areas and periods. The programme combines exploration of current debates in medieval studies with opportunities for training in the requisite technical and interpretive skills for working on medieval sources. It is grounded in a 30-credit core course, 'The History of the Book', plus a 15-credit research skills package and 15-credit palaeography or language unit. All students then choose two optional courses and write a 60-credit thesis. This MA is available either full-time (1 year) or part-time (two years) and draws on the exceptional riches of the John Rylands University Library, including the special collections located at Deansgate in central Manchester.
Recent popular option choices have included: The Cult of the Saints in Early Medieval Europe (Dr. Leyser); Law, Custom and Justice in Europe, 500-1300 (Prof. Fouracre); Class, Status and Gender; English Society in the Later Middle Age (Prof. Rigby); The Medieval Landscape of North-West England (Prof. Higham); Medieval Nation and Identity (Dr Bernau)The Anglo-Saxon World: Images of man, plant and beast (Prof. Owen-Crocker); Saints and Society: Art and the Sacred in Italy, 1200-1500 (Dr. Warr); The Sacred Topography of Christian Syria (Dr. Loosley); Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (Dr Matthews).
Students can specialise in particular disciplines, such as History or English, or select their courses across disciplinary boundaries.
Graduates go on to research and teaching posts in universities, to library work and to a wide range of other professions