Medieval Studies (MA)

  • MA Medieval Studies

The MA in Medieval Studies allows study in medieval history, literature and manuscript studies.

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Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Full-time: 1-2 years, Part-time: 3-4 Years Location: Online only
Start Date: September/October

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This interdisciplinary programme enables students to study the Medieval period from a range of different subject disciplines that embraces History, English, Theology, Celtic studies and Archaeology.

There are two compulsory modules that can be taken in the first or second semester, Research Methodology and Studying the Medieval. Research methods introduces students to the nuts and bolts of research, bibliographical and archival sources. ‘

'Studying the medieval' builds on this foundation to look more closely at record sources for Medieval Studies and at aspects of the study of medieval manuscripts, such as iconography and typology. This module is based in large part on the University’s special collections in the Roderick Bowen Library and Archives; unique in Wales this offers our students close and unrivalled access to our medieval manuscripts and early printed books

Students may then choose 4 further modules in medieval history (such as ‘Thomas Becket: archbishop, martyr, saint’) or medieval literature (such as ‘Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Heroic’).

For MA students the second part of the course comprises a 60 credit dissertation. 

  • ‘Research Methodology’ (bibliographical and archival content)
  • ‘Studying the Medieval’ (medieval primary sources; manuscript study)
  • ‘The Cistercian World’ (medieval monasticism)
  • ‘Thomas Becket: archbishop, martyr, saint’ (medieval church history and hagiography)
  • ‘Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Heroic’ (medieval literature)

The programmes are delivered on the University’s campus in Lampeter or via VLE and online learning technologies.  They are taught through seminars, small workshops and individual tutorials and supervision that enable detailed and personalised feedback.   

Access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables additional learning, especially work-shopping, to take place outside the sessions and supports the development of a mutually supportive cohort of committed researchers. 

Moreover this programme will offer:

  • Expert tuition from research active specialist staff
  • Exceptional resources in the specialist holdings of the Roderic Bown Library
  • Small seminar based classes
  • Residential programme based on our beautiful and inpiring campus in Lampeter
  • The option to complete the full programme remotely through online and distance learning

The individual modules (all 20 credit) are assessed by written assignments: essays, commentaries, short exercises. Those registering for or progressing to the MA complete a dissertation of 60 credits.

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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