Medieval Studies

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  • Wide range of modules, focusing on lots of different places, themes, subjects and people, from peasants to princes, manuscripts to miracles, and Crusaders to Chaucer

  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise, such as history-writing and memory in the Middle Ages, medieval Wales, and Cistercian monasteries

  • Hands-on approach which allows students to get to grips with medieval manuscripts and chronicles 

  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials

  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects 

Take a Different Approach to Your Studies

Fancy studying another subject alongside Medieval Studies?

We offer a wide range of joint honours degrees that allow students to combine Medieval Studies with Ancient HistoryClassical CivilisationEnglishPhilosophyChinese StudiesAnthropology,  Religious Studies, and Archaeology.

Medieval Studies students are also encouraged to take modules in the above subject areas, plus others such as Modern HistoryInternational Development and Global Politics and Religious Studies.


Key Facts

UCAS Code: V130
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The Medieval Studies programme at UWTSD allows students to explore many different aspects of this rich and vibrant period of history. It combines a study of change over time in broad sweeping survey modules with more focused, topic-centred modules.

Each module is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, always in small groups. The teaching is research-led, rooted in the professional interests and expertise of the lecturers.

Students will encounter multiple approaches to and source materials for our understanding of the medieval past, with a particular focus on utilising the onsite archive of manuscript and printed primary sources. This results in a rounded and comprehensive programme of study which grounds students in the requisite theories, methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.

The first year of study comprises of a number of core modules examining topics such as the Crusades, the role of the church and the origins of universities. These will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake more specialised studies in subsequent years.

Second- and third-year modules include varied modules concentrate on topics such as medieval saints, the Normans, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and the Cistercian monastic order. You may wish, however, to focus on selecting modules of a narrower timeframe to suit your own developing interests. You then get chance to harness the experiences acquired through your studies in an independent project in your second year and a final-year dissertation.

Throughout your degree, you will examine how the past is represented in anything from manuscripts and plays, to film and music. We encourage you to embrace UWTSD’s interdisciplinary approach to history which is enhanced by the chance to take modules in relevant subject areas such as Archaeology, Chinese Studies, Conflict and War, Heritage Studies, International Development and Global Politics, Religion and Theology, English Literature, and Anthropology.

Overall, the Medieval Studies programme gives students appreciation of the techniques and approaches of historians and other scholars, plus a multifaceted, holistic understanding of world history.

Medieval Studies modules offered in 2018-2019 include:

  • The Medieval World
  • The Crusades
  • Histories and Historians
  • Identity and Myth: The Normans and their World
  • Cults, Cures and Canonisation: Saints in the Middle Ages
  • Debating Medieval Identity: The Thrown Voices of The Canterbury Tales
  • Medieval Welsh Prose
  • Art and Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire
  • The Book, the Body, and the World : Renaissance Humanism, Medicine, and Exploration
  • The Cistercians and their World
  • The Evolution of Satan: From the Hebrew Bible to Hollywood
  • Archives: Practice and Operation (Roderic Bowen Library and Archives)
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Wide range of modules
  • Taught by lecturers who research and publish in their chosen fields
  • Immersive block teaching
  • Opportunities explore your favourite subjects and interests
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
  • Access to manuscript collection in Roderic Bowen Library and Archive
  • 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 analyses, book reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, 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 evidence-based argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. These skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management will provide you with a passport into employment and/or further study. The degree in Medieval Studies equips students for jobs in fields such as museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching. At Lampeter, we have a strong track-record of helping students progress to postgraduate study in Medieval Studies – both at MA and PhD level.

  • Teaching
  • Local Government, community, local politics
  • Journalism
  • Law and advocacy
  • Business
  • Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Academia
  • General administrative and management posts; civil service

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Field trip module: c. £500-£700

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA Ancient and Medieval History
  • BA Medieval Studies and Anthropology
  • BA Medieval Studies and Archaeology
  • BA Medieval Studies and Chinese Studies
  • BA Medieval Studies and Classical Civilisation
  • BA Medieval Studies and English
  • BA Medieval Studies and Heritage
  • BA Medieval Studies and Philosophy
  • BA Medieval Studies with Latin

For a full list of Joint Honours courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

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