MA Medieval Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Requires daytime weekday attendance, 1-2 days per week.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

This genuinely interdisciplinary programme offers an innovative way of studying medieval culture and society. As a student, you will benefit from research-led teaching and skills-based training across a wide variety of disciplines, including history, literature, languages, manuscript studies, music, religion and classics.

At Bristol, you have access to one of the most active centres for medieval studies in the UK, comprising more than 30 staff members and approximately 20 postgraduate research students (MPhil/PhD) each year, who together form a lively and dynamic interdisciplinary community.

Every year, the Centre for Medieval Studies hosts a large number of research seminars, lectures and public talks. Staff who teach on the programme are members of the Centre, and many have an international reputation in their respective fields.

Beyond the University, you can draw on the important archival, architectural and heritage resources of the city of Bristol – the medieval gateway to Europe – and the south-west region more widely. Through our placement and practice-led project options you have the unique opportunity to gain practical work experience with one of the University's partners in the cultural and heritage industries, training you as a professional medievalist with transferable skills for careers within and beyond academia.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£9,100
UK: part-time (two years)
£4,550
Overseas (including EU): full-time
£20,600
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,100

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Teaching block one: you are required to take two 20-credit core units, normally Introduction to Medieval Latin and Research Skills for Medievalists, and one 20-credit optional unit that reflects your particular disciplinary or subject-specific interests. Optional units are chosen from a list of specialist units available during that year across the Faculty of Arts.

Teaching block two: you are required to take one 20-credit core unit, normally History of the Book, and two 20-credit optional units. For one of the optional units, you may choose to undertake a work placement. This will give you the opportunity to work on a project with a partner organisation from the cultural and heritage industries.

Finally, you will complete either a 60-credit dissertation or a practice-led project. The practice-led project will be in the form of, or accompanied by, a critical reflective commentary, which could stem from and further develop your work placement.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Medieval Studies.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social sciences discipline. Non-traditional qualifications and routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Students who complete this programme are well placed to go into a career in either the academic sector or the cultural and heritage industries.

The programme’s focus is on the acquisition of practical and transferable skills for professional medievalists, including research skills, languages, manuscript skills (palaeography and codicology), archival study and heritage preservation. Together, these will equip graduates for research degrees or employment in culturally-oriented industries outside academia.

How to apply
Application deadline: 31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK and EU applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

Coronavirus update

The latest advice on term start dates and teaching can be found on our prospective students information pages.

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Get in touch

Contact details

For questions regarding study and admission please contact our Enquiries Team. Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Cathy Hume Director of the MA in Medieval Studies Email: cathy.hume@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Humanities
Department website: Centre for Medieval Studies

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International students

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REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 29 and 30.


Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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