Masters | Postgraduate Course - Medieval Studies MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
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Medieval Studies MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The city of Exeter is the perfect setting for our MA in Medieval Studies. At the University there is a wide variety of resources and you will have access to extensive holdings, audio-visual collections and some medieval manuscripts in our Special Collections in the University library. Exeter Cathedral Library Archives and the Devon Heritage Centre, located nearby, contain further significant medieval manuscripts, documents and early printed books.

The MA Medieval Studies draws on the expertise of the interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval Studies, which is one of the largest research centres in the university. Exeter is unique in that we have a large number of specialists in medieval studies across various disciplines. Our expertise is especially strong in medieval history, archaeology, law, music, French literature, English literature, and Arab and Islamic studies.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • HISM018 Research Skills for Medievalists 30
  • HISM180 Dissertation in Medieval Studies 60
  • HISM183 Interpreting the Middle Ages 30

Optional modules
Depending on whether Latin is taken, 30 or 60 credits of optional modules to be taken from the modules at level M offered in History, Classics and Ancient History, Archaeology, English, Modern Languages, or Theology and Religion.  The chosen modules must focus (wholly or partly) on the medieval period (400-1500). 

  • HISS MA Medieval Studies Optional Modules 2018/9
  • ARCM225 Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the historic environment 15
  • ARCM412 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 15
  • CLAM251 Latin I 30
  • CLAM252 Classical Language and Texts: Latin II 30
  • CLAM254 Latin III 30
  • CLAM255 Latin IV 30
  • HISM039 History in Public: A Workplace Project 30
  • HISM019 Critical Approaches in Medieval Research 30
  • HISM185-HISM186 See note a
  • HISM185 Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities 15
  • HISM186 Supervised Independent Study in the Humanities 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Exceptions may be made for students with relevant experience or qualifications depending on the submission of written work and/or interview. Students with combined honours degrees must have studied at least 1/3 of their degree in History-related modules or have some background in Medieval Studies, Classics and Ancient History or Latin.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

As historians we have a wide range of useful skills and the Medieval Studies MA is designed to build on, enhance and add to the skills you most likely developed at undergraduate level.

For some of our graduates a Masters degree is a step on the path to doctoral study, and if that is your interest then our MA is ideal preparation as your tutors will happily help you prepare research proposals and funding applications.

Many of our students choose to complete a Masters degree to enhance their professional skills or improve their chances of finding work in the heritage sector, which again we are happy to support through our excellent links with local archives and cultural centres.

Some of the things our recent graduates have gone on to include:

- Assistant Archivist
- Associate Research Fellow
- Author
- Foreign Expert
- HR Coordinator
- Lecturer
- Marketing & PR Executive
- Media Planner
- Ministry Assistant
- National Trust Volunteer Internship
- Paralegal
- PhD Study in History or Medieval Studies