Medieval Studies (MRes)

  • MRes Medieval Studies

This interdisciplinary programme is divided into a 60 credit taught part and a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total. Itenables students to study the Medieval period from a range of different subject disciplines that embraces History, English, Theology, Celtic studies and Archaeology.

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Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Location: Online only
Full-time: 1-2 years
Part-time: 2-4 years

Tuition Fees for 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU students)
£13,340 (Overseas students)
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We have a long tradition of specialist teaching in the medieval period at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Students will be able to engage with several important and high profile research projects, such as ‘Strata Florida’, and ‘Monastic Wales’. The overseas networks established (for instance with Ireland) through these projects enhance their reputation while at the same time offer research opportunities for students.

The programme offers a high quality student experience through a unique programme of study taught by a range of experts within the field of Medieval Studies. The programme is underpinned by advanced research methods, the study of theoretically informed critical approaches, and the scholarly examination of manuscripts and early printed books.

The University has a well-established record of research and teaching in the Medieval period. Unusually for the sector, 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. 

The highlight of the programme is the Dissertation which requires students to undertake an extended piece of research work of  between 25,000 and 30,000 words

Students will choose three modules. Below is an illustrative list of modules available:

Research methods introduces students to the nuts and bolts of research, bibliographical and archival sources. This is compulsory.

Studying the medieval: records and manuscripts 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.

Themes in Medieval Studies comprises four short case studies in which historians and literary scholars introduce you to some current debates within Medieval Studies.

  • Beowulf and the Heroic
  • Medieval Poetry of Dream and Debate
  • Y Mabinogi
  • Medieval Women: sources from the Celtic Regions
  • The Origins of Cîteaux,
  • Thomas Becket: archbishop, martyr, saint
  • Female Saints of Wales.

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 writers. Graduates from the programmes have gone on to become successful and prize winning authors.

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

Assessment is through a mixture of assignment and presentation supported by tasks designed to enhance research skills. The dissertation allows students to undertake a sustained research project on a topic of their choice under expert individual supervision.

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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