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Medieval Studies (MA)

The MA in Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary programme enabling students to study the Medieval period from a range of different subject disciplines that embraces History, Literature, Theology, Celtic studies and Archaeology.

The University has a well-established record of research and teaching in the Medieval period. Its provision at all levels has enabled students to study Medieval and Early Modern period drawing on specialist staff expertise and resources, particularly the holdings of the Special Collections 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.

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Contact Email: t.baylor@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Tim Baylor

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.

The programme is 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 teaching from research active specialist staff and exceptional resources in the specialist holdings of the Roderic Bowen Library
  • Small seminar-based classes
  • Option to complete as a residential programme based on our beautiful and inspiring campus in Lampeter or remotely through online and distance learning
  • Option to complete on a full-time or part-time basis (October entry for full-time students, October or February entry for part-time students)
  • Option to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Part I: Taught Modules (120 credits)

There is one compulsory module offered in the first semester:

Skills for Medievalists:

This module introduces students to the nuts and bolts of research, bibliographical and archival sources. It also builds competency in 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 3 further modules in medieval history (such as ‘Thomas Becket’) or medieval literature (such as ‘Celtic Arthur and the Mabinogion Tales).

Part II: Dissertation (60 credits)

15,000 word dissertation under the guidance of a seasoned academic. Whether your goal is to develop the beginnings for further doctoral research, or just to indulge a curiosity, the dissertation provides you the chance to develop and explore your own research interests.

Module Topics

You will study themes such as:

  • Skills for Medievalists (medieval primary sources; manuscript study)
  • The Cistercian World (medieval monasticism)
  • Thomas Becket (medieval church history and hagiography)
  • Women in the Middle Ages: Sources from the Celtic Regions
  • Celtic Arthur and the Mabinogion Tales
  • Celtic Sanctity, Spirituality and Hagiography
  • Intensive Latin I
  • Medieval Conference

Please note, themes can alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.


The modules are assessed by a variety of assessment methods: short essays (2,500 words), longer essays (4,000-5,000 words), comparative analyses, literary reviews and appreciations, short assignments, linguistic exercises, oral assessments and one 15,000-word dissertation.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Applicants are expected to have a good first degree (a first or upper second), although every application is considered in its own merit, so places may be offered on the basis of professional qualification and relevant experiences. Candidates with a lower degree classification or no degree may be admitted at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, with an opportunity to upgrade to Master’s level if satisfactory progress is made.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme have found employment in all fields where knowledge of the medieval world is an asset, including film and media or the gaming industry. Other areas of employment include

  • Museum
  • Archives
  • Heritage sector
  • Professional Writers
  • Marketing
Additional Costs

Approximately £300 for literature.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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 Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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