Medieval and Early Modern Literature, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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About Medieval and Early Modern Literature at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

Critical attention on this programme is focused especially on continuities and discontinuities between the medieval and early modern periods. For example, Anglo-Saxon heroic literature may be studied in conjunction with the heroic mode of the English Renaissance epic, and medieval dream poetry in conjunction with early modern literary (as well as philosophical and medical) representations of psychological disorders.

The programme is underpinned by advanced research methods, the study of theoretically informed critical approaches, and the scholarly examination of manuscripts and early printed books.

The University has a well-established record of research and teaching in English. Unusually for the sector, its provision at all levels has enabled students to study Medieval and Early Modern Literature drawing on specialist staff expertise and resources, particularly the holdings of the Roderic Bowen Library: a unique resource which houses the Special Collections of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, including over 35,000 printed works, 8 medieval manuscripts, around 100 post medieval manuscripts, and 69 incunabula.

Key Features

The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Literature is taught on-campus and as a distance-learning programme. When delivered on the University's campus in Lampeter, the modules are taught through seminars, small workshops and individual tutorials and supervision that enable detailed and personalised feedback. For campus-based students, access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables additional learning. Moodle, our VLE, is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, whereby students are better able to revise and explore topics and access electronic resources. It is the primary learning interface for distance-learning students.


  • Research Metoods
  • Comparative Critical Approaches
  • Medieval Manuscript Studies

And optional modules in topics such as:

  • Epic, Religion, Philosophy
  • Bodily Distempers
  • Beowulf and Heroic Literature
  • Medieval Poetry of Dream and Debate

Course Tutor(s)

  • Dr Paul Wright
  • Dr Jeni Williams
  • Dr Peter Mitchell
  • Dr William Marx


The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Literature involves a wide range of assessment methods. Assessment is through a mixture of assignment and presentation supported by tasks designed to enhance research skills. In addition to traditional essays, you will be assessed through bibliographical exercises, creation of research project proposals, presentations - oral and PowerPoint-based, editorial exercises, and the dissertation. This variety of assessment inculcates the development of skills in presenting academic and scholarly material in a clear, professional manner, whether orally or in writing. For the majority of assignments students choose their own topic on which to be assessed in relation to each module, always in consultation with the module tutor. The dissertation allows students to undertake a sustained research project on a topic of their choice under expert individual supervision.

Career Opportunities

  • Journalism, publishing, copywrighting, media
  • Editors
  • Publishers
  • Marketing
  • Librarianship and archives management (with further professional qualifications)
  • Law (with further professional qualifications)
  • Human resources
  • Social work
  • Public sector administration, civil service

The programme provides a foundation for postgraduate research, by laying particular emphasis on the methodologies and research tools needed for independent advanced study, thus acting as training for students who intend to undertake an MPhil or PhD.

The course also provides a qualification that is useful for teachers or others seeking Continuing Professional Development.

Further Information

Residential Study

Students can study for this degree residentially on the Lampeter campus. Classes take place between Monday and Friday during the teaching semesters. On average, a full-time student is expected to attend six hours of classes every week. All classes are very small, usually not more than five students.

Distance Learning

This degree is also available to distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the University offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including large numbers of e-books and e-journals, and a number of specialized literary e-resources.

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Entry Criteria

In line with the Admission Policy of the Faculty of Humanities, applicants will normally be expected to have achieved at least a 2:1 degree in English Literature or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance). Non-standard applicants will also be considered.

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