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Medieval Studies (BA)

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We are one of only two institutions offering this degree at undergraduate level. It is an interdisciplinary degree that draws upon History, English, Religious Studies and Archaeology and thus allows you to explore all aspects of the medieval world.


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: V130
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Chinese Studies & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV11
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Anthropology & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VL16
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Archaeology & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VV41
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Medieval Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: VQ13
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Medieval Studies & Heritage (BA)
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Philosophy & Medieval Studies (BA)
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Medieval Studies & Classical Civilisation (BA)
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. 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
  2. Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise, such as history-writing and memory in the Middle Ages, medieval Wales, and Cistercian monasteries
  3. Hands-on approach which allows students to get to grips with medieval manuscripts and chronicles 
  4. Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials
  5. Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.

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.

Module Topics

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 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 medieval past is represented in everything from manuscripts and plays, to film and music.


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 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, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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

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 field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these 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.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

Ancient History (BA)
UCAS Code: V110

Celtic Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: CS01

Classics (BA)
UCAS Code: Q800

Conflict & War (BA)
UCAS Code: 9C3R

History (BA)
UCAS Code: V100

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

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