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Programme structure: Medieval Studies (MA) - what's running in 2022/23

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

    This section describes which Units you will take in which year of study. It indicates which units are mandatory and where you will be able to choose. The overall pass marks you will need to achieve in order to progress or achieve an award are shown. The full regulations concerning progression and completion are held in the University's Regulations and Code of Practice. Any particular aspects of your programme that are unusual will be highlighted. If any Units are must pass this will be shown below. The linked unit specifications detail any additional requirements.

    What do the Levels represent?

    What do the teaching blocks (TB) mean?

  • Year 1 (2022/23)

This programme is also available to study part-time over two years. Students must pass all units in TB1 in order to progress to the Diploma

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Research Skills for Medievalists AFACM1001 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Medieval Latin AFACM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
History of the Book AFACM0012 20 Mandatory TB-2
Dissertation/Practice-led Project (Medieval Studies) AFACM0010 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Choose 60 CP of optional units from the list below
Placement (Medieval Studies) AFACM0011 20 Optional TB-2
Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRSM0109 20 Optional TB-1
The History of Christianity: Core Texts THRSM0001 20 Optional TB-1
Medieval Music Palaeography MUSIM0044 20 Optional TB-1
Rewriting the Bible ENGLM0069 20 Optional TB-2
Old English Language and Literature ENGLM0080 20 Optional TB-2
The History of the Language of English Literature ENGLM0081 20 Optional TB-2
Chaucer and Chaucerians ENGLM0078 20 Optional TB-2
Arthurian Literature ENGLM0079 20 Optional TB-2
Medieval Music Palaeography MUSIM0044 20 Optional TB-1
Cultural Heritage of the Built Environment ARCHM0084 20 Optional TB-1
The Apocalypse in Culture and Society (1000-1500) HISTM0032 20 Optional TB-2
Rewriting the Bible ENGLM0069 20 Optional TB-2
Students can take 20 credits at level 5 or 6, any further credits not at M level need to be taken in connection with Personal Optional Units;
Personal Option Unit 1 HUMSM0003 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Personal Option Unit 2 HUMSM0004 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Boccaccio’s Decameron ITAL30063 20 Optional TB-2
Heresy and Reform in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRS20208 20 Optional TB-2
Religious Art (Reflective Art History Unit) HART30008 20 Optional TB-2
Propaganda, Politics, and the Islamic Other: Literary Responses to the Crusades FREN30117 20 Optional TB-2
Religious Art (Reflective Art History Unit) HART30008 20 Optional TB-2
Dante: Purgatorio and Paradiso ITAL30059 20 Optional TB-1
The Italian City: Medieval and Early Modern Cultures MODL30020 20 Optional TB-1
Historical Linguistics MODL20017 20 Optional TB-2
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Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds but is permitted in designated programmes (as set out in the programme specification) where students choose to withdraw from the intended programme but otherwise achieve the necessary credit points for the exit award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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