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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Early Medieval History Classical Languages (Latin & Greek) Paleography Late Medieval History

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This course is ideal for students approaching postgraduate study from a range of backgrounds. In addition to providing rigorous preparation for PhD research, it is equally well suited to the interests of the medieval enthusiast, those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Middle Ages and those who are returning to study to pursue a personal passion.

Our new MA Medieval Studies offers you the opportunity to encounter the Middle Ages from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including the study of: literature; history; material culture the visual arts. At the heart of this medieval studies course is a core module that will introduce you to the most current scholarly approaches to the Middle Ages period. This module cuts across different fields to consider the riches of the medieval past from an integrated, holistic perspective, in which you will be guided by experts in interdisciplinary research methods.

In studying the medieval period, you will develop key research skills including paleography, transcription, manuscript provenance, identification and dating. You will also use modern theoretical frameworks to examine: people, places, artistic productions and social patterns. You can follow your interests with option modules in art history, archaeology, medieval literature and the Renaissance. You may also receive one-to-one support in writing a research essay on a topic of your choosing. Preparation for your dissertation is supported by a research methods module, which will hone the skills you need to complete your final research project.

HIGHLIGHTS

The MA Medieval Studies offers you the only opportunity in London and the surrounding area to study the Middle Ages at postgraduate level through evening classes at university.

We have a thriving research culture, with student-led reading groups and a regular programme of major visiting speakers, including the Birkbeck Medieval Seminar and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Worlds. We are also ideally situated for the best humanities research libraries in the capital, including the British Library, Senate House and the Warburg Institute.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates pursue career paths in research and archiving, museums and galleries, education and journalism. Possible professions include: archivist, researcher, higher education lecturer, newspaper/magazine journalist arts administrator. We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

Students of the medieval face particular challenges when engaging with the wealth of evidence from the Middle Ages and the considerable body of scholarly work that has developed to make sense of the vast areas of time and space covered by the period. This half-module, which is taken by all students as part of preparation for the final dissertation, works to demystify the process of preparing for a substantial research project. It equips you with the skills necessary to ask the right questions, to explain how you will go about answering them, and to find the appropriate set of tools and materials needed to interrogate your subject. In addition, you will consider the benefits and pitfalls of different kinds of approaches, discover how to map a clear route through less familiar areas of your studies, and learn how to present your work to your peers and ask constructive and productive questions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,030

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

16,380

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more

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