Applications for the degrees of MPhil, MLitt and PhD on a wide range of medieval topics in one or more discipline areas are welcome. These degrees are assessed entirely on the basis of a substantial thesis resulting from a major research project. Study for the MPhil normally lasts one year full time, the MLitt two years and the PhD three. Students who wish to take a PhD are normally registered for the MLitt in the first instance; during the second year, if the work is judged to be of the appropriate standard and scope, the student is upgraded to PhD registration, which requires attendance at the University for at least a further year.
Applicants should include detailed and specific proposals, as well as a piece of written work on some topic connected with the proposed study. Admission to MPhil, MLitt and PhD is through individual subjects and potential applicants should consult the information on staff research interests and contact the relevant subject area(s) within the University. Application forms may be obtained from the online postgraduate prospectus. It is possible to do the MLitt and PhD by extended study. Applications from mature students are very welcome, for either full-time or extended study.
Potential applicants should note that the MA in Medieval Studies, although a self-contained course in its own right, has also been designed to function as a foundation course for those wishing to go on to study for an MLitt or PhD.
A practical training programme for postgraduate researchers led by Bristol and Exeter universities, funded by AHRC beginning in September 2013. Find out more
The Graduate School offers scholarship opportunities and other financial aid to Arts applicants on both taught and research programmes.