BA Medieval Studies and English
A Joint Honours programme in Medieval Studies and English offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two of the most popular humanities subjects. Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
The Medieval studies part of the programme can offer a range of modules which cover broad sweeps of time (Medieval Europe, 1066-1452, the Medieval Castle in Context:) allowing students to consider how societies alter and change, the long term impact of war, economic upheaval and political radicalism, and the rise and fall of great powers. In addition the programme offers modules based upon depth, drilling down into events and moments of seminal change (the Wars of the Roses, Chaucer’s comic tales, the Cistercians). This combination of breadth and depth provides students with an extensive knowledge of the past. Around this core of subject knowledge we root our teaching in documentary source materials, field trips, visits to archives and record offices, in addition to the tutor’s own research experiences. This all provides for a fully rounded programme of study which grounds students in the requisite methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.
The other part of the programme, English, is a dynamic and diverse subject, ranging from the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary blockbusters, from the realist novels of the nineteenth century to the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This degree combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English studies (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory. Designed to offer a challenging and enjoyable intellectual experience, it also provides a foundation for a host of different careers, fostering and developing many of the skills necessary for the modern workplace.
- The Middle Ages
- Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the hundred years War
- Medieval Castles in context
- Knights and Castles
- Medieval Documentary Source materials
- Wars of the Roses
- Medieval Monasticism: the Cistercians
- Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature
- Chaucer’s comic tales
- Excavation and fieldwork of a Medieval Abbey
- Contemporary Writing
- Ways of Writing
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Historicising Texts
- Conference Participation
- Welsh Writing in English
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Workshops with original medieval manuscripts
- Opportunity to take part ion a three week archaeological dig on a ruined Medieval Abbey
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in historical research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.
- Teaching/ education officer
- Local Government, community, local politics
- Law and advocacy
- Social work
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
- General administrative and management posts; civil service
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.