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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

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

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Our MA Medieval Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the medieval period, covering a broad range of contexts. You will receive rigorous training in Latin, develop key skills in text interpretation, translation and research.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience of learning Latin, our intensive language course will develop your skills to an advanced level enabling you to study a wide range of original source medieval texts. You'll also develop skills in palaeography (the study of historical handwriting), primary text analysis and translation.

As well as medieval Latin, we also offer you the opportunity to broaden your languages abilities by studying vernacular languages such as medieval French, Old Norse or Old English. The benefit of this is that you will be able to widen the range of texts that you study as part of your learning and research.

The Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) brings together staff from across the University of Leeds who are medieval specialists within a broad range of disciplines. As such, we’re able to offer a huge range of optional modules from subject areas ranging from history to religion and literature to history of art. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your course to your specific interests within the field of medieval studies and to your future career ambitions.

As a student in the IMS you'll have access to excellent resources, both in the University and beyond. The world-class Brotherton Library contains extensive facsimiles and microfilms of primary materials as well as a wide range of online resources.

Its Special Collections also contain a wide range of manuscript, archive and early printed material, including the Melsteth Icelandic Collection, archives of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, the old library of Ripon Cathedral, and the manuscripts and incunabula of the Brotherton Collection.

Leeds is also home to the Royal Armouries and its extensive medieval collections, while the West Yorkshire Archives are dotted around the region and the British Library has a Document Supply Centre in nearby Boston Spa.

This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

Learning and teaching

IMS tutors are experts in their fields, and their cutting-edge research will inform your teaching. To help you make the most of their expertise, all IMS modules are taught in small groups.

You may study skills modules in seminar groups of 12 or more students, but languages and other interdisciplinary options are usually taught in tutorials of up to eight students. You’ll also have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during your dissertation.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Depending on the modules you choose, you’ll be assessed by a range of methods to develop skills that are useful across the field of medieval studies. These will include transcriptions, bibliographies, essays, reports, translations and occasionally exams.

Career opportunities

This degree is excellent preparation for further study in related fields. It will also equip you with advanced research, communication and analytical skills that are valuable to employers in a wide range of careers such as in museums and business.

Modules

On completion of this module, students should be able to acquire knowledge and understanding of a specific topic in medieval studies through the interdisciplinary use and analysis of primary and secondary materials; to synthesise the results of such work and to produce a coherent and extended piece of historical writing. As a result of this exercise students will acquire a knowledge of research methods appropriate to the particular subject they have addressed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£20,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) or higher, or equivalent. Previous specialised study in an aspect of the pre-modern world, especially medieval studies, would be an advantage.

Department profile

We are a leading UK School of History with over 40 academic staff specialising in a wide range of fields and a large community of undergraduate and postgraduate students. We have an international reputation for excellence and we’re known for our ground-breaking historical research and innovative teaching. In our exciting and challenging MA courses, you'll be able to gain knowledge in areas of History that are of interest to you and advance...more

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