This interdisciplinary degree will equip you with a broad understanding of historical and cultural aspects of the medieval world, as well as the skills to conduct high-level research.
Core modules will develop your ability to read Medieval Latin and decipher palaeography, giving you the skills to transcribe, translate and analyse primary sources. You could even learn another medieval language such as medieval French or Old Norse. You'll also focus on areas that interest you when you choose from optional modules on interdisciplinary themes across literature, history, art history, cultural studies and theology and religious studies, and study specialist modules offered by Schools across the University.
The Institute for Medieval Studies sits at the heart of the University, with impressive research resources and a wide range of expertise among its teaching staff. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to explore the medieval period in the home of the International Medieval Congress.
The Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) has access to excellent resources, both in the University and beyond. The world-class Brotherton Library contains extensive facsimiles and microfilms of primary materials as well as a wide range of online resources.
Its Special Collections also contain a wide range of manuscript, archive and early printed material, including the Melsteth Icelandic Collection, archives of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, the old library of Ripon Cathedral, and the manuscripts and incunabula of the Brotherton Collection.
Leeds is also home to the Royal Armouries and its extensive medieval collections, while the West Yorkshire Archives are dotted around the region and the British Library has a Document Supply Centre in nearby Boston Spa.
This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.
Core modules throughout the degree will allow you to develop important research skills, equipping you to work with primary sources. You'll gain a working knowledge of medieval Latin and could even choose to learn another medieval language. You'll also develop your understanding of research methods and bibliography and explore palaeography.
Then you'll build on this foundation with your choice of interdisciplinary optional modules, to explore areas that interest you, and even choose from some modules offered by other Schools on historical, literary or art historical topics. You'll also demonstrate the skills you've acquired in your dissertation, where you'll undertake independent research on a topic of your choice and submit your work by the end of the programme.
If you choose to study this programme part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Introduction to Medieval Latin 30 credits
- Intermediate Medieval Latin 30 credits
- Research Methods and Bibliography 15 credits
- Palaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts 15 credits
- Medieval Studies Dissertation 30 credits
- The Margins of Medieval Art 30 credits
- Encountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England 30 credits
- The Origins of Postcolonial England 30 credits
- Culture and Identity in the Later Fourteenth Century 30 credits
- Old and New Beliefs in Medieval Scandinavia: From Pagan to Christian 30 credits
- Arthurian Legend: Medieval to Modern 30 credits
- Making History: Archive Collaborations 30 credits
- Bede's Northumbria 30 credits
- Gender, Sex, and Love: Byzantium and the West, 900-1200 30 credits
- Lifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages 30 credits
- Medieval German Language 30 credits
- Old and Middle French 30 credits
- Advanced Medieval Latin 30 credits
- Medieval English 30 credits
- Old Norse 30 credits
- Vikings, Saxons and Heroic Culture 30 credits
- Warfare in the Age of the Crusades (1095-1204) 30 credits
- How to be a Saint in the Middle Ages: Saints' Cults and their impact on culture and society (500-1500) 30 credits
- Religious Communities and the Individual Experience of Religion, 1200-1500 30 credits
- The Medieval Tournament: Combat and Spectacle in Western Europe, 1100-1600 30 credits
- The Holy Land under the Franks: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and its Enemies, 1099-1187 30 credits
- Medieval Bodies 30 credits
- Preaching History: Understanding Sermons as Literary Genre and Historical Source 30 credits
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For more information on typical modules, read Medieval Studies MA Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information on typical modules, read Medieval Studies MA Part Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
IMS tutors are experts in their fields, and their cutting-edge research will inform your teaching. To help you make the most of their expertise, all IMS modules are taught in small groups.You may study skills modules in seminar groups of 12 or more students, but languages and other interdisciplinary options are usually taught in tutorials of up to eight students. You'll also have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during your dissertation.
Depending on the modules you choose, you'll be assessed by a range of methods to develop skills that are useful across the field of medieval studies. These will include transcriptions, bibliographies, essays, reports, translations and occasionally exams.
Applying, fees and funding
A good bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) orhigher, or equivalent. Previous specialisation in an aspect of medieval studieswould be an advantage.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Institute of Medieval Studies admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components . For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).
How to apply
Documents and information you need:
A copy of your BA degree transcript listing courses and marks achieved, or a partial transcript if you're still studying, and if necessary, an explanation of the marking scheme.
Two academic references.
An IMS postgraduate application form.
An example of your written work (approximately 3,000 words), such as an undergraduate assessed essay, preferably on a medieval topic; please supply the module name and level of the work.
The deadline for applications is 31st August. However, you should also leave time for any arrangements you will need to make, such as visa applications or moving to Leeds, and many scholarship applications will close much earlier.
You may be invited for interview as part of the application process.
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University of Leeds Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £7,250 (total)
International: £17,500 (total)
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For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
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Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
This degree is excellent preparation for further study in related fields. It will also equip you with advanced research, communication and analytical skills that are valuable to employers in a wide range of careers such as in museums and business.
We offer a range of paid opportunities for you to gain experience that can really help with your career plans. You'll be able to provide a mock tutorial for first-year undergraduates during their induction week, or become an academic mentor for final-year students as they complete their dissertations to gain experience of teaching, one-to-one communication and people management.
We also run several paid one-year internships throughout the year on projects such as the International Medieval Bibliography, IMS website and the International Medieval Congress to gain practical experience.
Read more about Employment in IMS
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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