About Medieval Language, Literature and Culture, MPhil - at Trinity College Dublin
This interdisciplinary course is designed for well-qualified graduates who wish to extend their interest in medieval studies. The flexible structure of the course allows students to construct their degree around their particular areas of interest, while acquiring both the technical expertise to investigate primary medieval documents and an insight into the complexities of medieval culture generally. Students will have the opportunity to be taught not only by Trinity staff but also by visiting lecturers from other internationally renowned institutions.
In the Michaelmas term, students take three core courses, one of which, Research Methodology, is obligatory. Students may choose their two other core courses from the following: Medieval Thought, Medieval Culture and Society, a language (Medieval Latin; elementary Classical Latin; Italian; Old English; Middle English; Medieval German; Medieval French; Old Irish).
In the Hilary and Trinity terms, students follow two options chosen from the following (subject to availability): Varieties
of Narrative in the Canterbury Tales; 15th Century Allegories of Love; Medieval Outlaws; Women in Medieval Drama; Language and Genre; Varieties of Comedy: Dante, Boccaccio et alia; Old Irish Poetry; Comparative Linguistics from the Celtic Point of View; Early Irish Law; Middle Irish; Introduction to Early Medieval Ireland; Music in European Monasteries, Cathedrals and Courts; Music and Liturgy of the Medieval Irish Church; Old English Prose; Vergil in the Middle Ages; Arthurian Heroes; Malory's Morte d'Arthur; Medieval Philosophy; Medieval Perceptions of Islam; Late Medieval French Poetry; the Old French 'récit bref'; Text and Image. The course concludes with a 20,000 word dissertation to be submitted by 30 September.
Students are encouraged to supplement their studies by attending the Seminar Programme organised by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.