Medieval Studies (MLitt) 2021 entry
This interdisciplinary course equips students with the knowledge of different theoretical approaches and current debates in the fields of history, art history, divinity, languages and literature. Students can work on topics suited to their own interests while also expanding their horizons beyond a single discipline.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2022
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
Wednesday 11 August 2021. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- a personal statement
- a sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
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The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
- Approaches to Medieval Studies 1: covers a range of themes essential to understanding multi-disciplinary approaches to the Middle Ages.
- Approaches to Medieval Studies 2: explores a broad issue from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, using selected texts, images and artefacts to anchor discussion.
Students choose three to five optional modules depending on module credits (students have 60 credits for optional choices from both 10-credit and 20-credit modules).
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- An Introduction to Palaeography with Codicological and Manuscript Studies (1 and 2): equip students to tackle the reading, transcription and editing of manuscripts up to c.1500.
- Core Language and Text Skills (Greek Italian or Arabic): provides an introduction to one of the core languages for studying the Middle Ages.
- Directed Reading in Medieval Studies (1 and 2): a detailed study of a medieval topic of the student's own choice taught via tutorials with one or more colleagues in the participating Schools.
- Discipline Skills: introduces students to one particular discipline within medieval studies: medieval art history, medieval English literature, medieval French language and literature, medieval German language and literature, medieval history, or medieval Italian literature.
- Latin for Medieval Studies (1 and 2): classes are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced level, so students take the class most appropriate to their needs.
- Medieval Language: provides an introduction to one medieval language. The languages normally available include Old Norse, Old English, Middle English, Medieval French, Middle High German, Medieval Italian, Medieval Occitan and Middle Scots.
- Sources and Source Criticism: addresses the interpretation and criticism of medieval sources.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in mid-August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.