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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

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

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Course Summary

The MA Medieval Studies draws on the expertise of the Centre for Medieval Studies, which is one of the largest centres in the university. Exeter is unique in that we have a large number of specialists in medieval studies across various disciplines. Our expertise is especially strong in medieval history, archaeology, law, music, French literature, English literature, and Arab and Islamic studies. Modules are taken from nine different disciplines meaning the course is varied and you will be offered comprehensive training on skills needed to study the Middle Ages, including medieval languages (Latin, Old English, and medieval French) and palaeography. With such a large number of medieval studies experts and excellent links to the local and national heritage sector we are in an excellent position to help you as you further your historical knowledge whether you are planning on progressing to PhD study, pursuing a profession, or simply exploring a passion for medieval studies. As historians we have a wide range of useful skills and the Medieval Studies MA is designed to build on, enhance and add to the skills you most likely developed at Undergraduate level. For some of our graduates a Masters degree is a step on the path to doctoral study, and if that is your interest then our MA is ideal preparation as your tutors will happily help you prepare research proposals and funding applications. Many of our students choose to complete a Masters degree to enhance their professional skills or improve their chances of finding work in the Heritage Sector, which again we are happy to support through our excellent links with local archives and cultural centres.

Different course options

Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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The Dissertation is the most substantial piece of work you will produce on your MA, and for many students it is one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of the course. It is your opportunity to research a topic of your own choosing, subject to approval by your supervisor(s), and to produce a long and original piece of independent research. You can either pursue a topic which falls within one of the disciplines covered by the MA in Medieval Studies, or you can take an interdisciplinary approach: for example, a dissertation which crosses over History and Archaeology or Literature and History. Students who are thinking of going on to doctoral study can also use the Dissertation as a pilot project for their proposed PhD topic.

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Entry requirements

Students normally need to have a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in History or a related discipline such as (Archaeology, Ancient History, Classics, Modern History, Medieval Studies or Latin), with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation.

University information

The University of Exeter is a public research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, the Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of their 23,613 students, 4,681 of these are postgraduates. There are three main campuses to study at, with most...more

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