Unique opportunity for interdisciplinary and crosscultural study. Core module Making the Middle Ages plus a choice from around 20 modules in medieval history, literatures, languages and philosophy, covering western and eastern Europe from late antiquity to the cusp of the renaissance.
- Unrivalled location, gives students access to major libraries, institutes and societies for medievalists.
- Flexible combination of core skills and training modules.
- Unique range of specialist options, allowing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study.
Research in medieval studies; teaching, journalism or cultural administration.
Dr Sarah Salih, Programme Convenor, Department of English Language & Literature
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Please note that applicants wishing to apply for funding (e.g. AHRC) must submit their application by the relevant funding deadline, which is usually early in the year. Please see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx
for information on the available funding opportunities and deadlines.
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232 / 7232
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
To deepen subject knowledge and develop skills in research methods, critical analysis and judgement. To provide training in techniques required for advanced study and to offer opportunities for specialist work.
This MA programme exploits the School's internationally recognised expertise in medieval studies of literature, history and culture. You will have access to all lectures & seminars run by the Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies and the University of London's Professor of Palaeography is based at King's. The optional modules offered are either interdisciplinary in character or based in individual disciplines - you can take courses from Arabic Philosophy to the medieval Occitan literarure, from the history of medieval women to Arthurian tradition.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Making the Middle Ages and Skills for Medievalists;
- Arthurian Tradition in Literature and History
- The Body of the Medieval Friend
- Books and Bodies
- Byzantine Hagiography
- Chivalric Romance in Germany
- Christine de Pizan
- Diversity and Alterity in Old French Travel Narratives
- England and the Continent in the 9th century
- English Royal Government
- Three Faces of Women in the Galician-Portuguese Lyric
- History of Medieval Women
- Germanic Philology
- Law and Society from Constantine to Charlemagne
- Living in Byzantium
- Magna Carta and Medieval Kingship
- Maps and Journeys
- Medieval Latin Literature
- Medieval Occitan narrative
- Medieval Sex, Gender & Culture
- The Reign of Constantine I.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Taught core and optional modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation which accounts for 25 per cent of the total marks. The core modules are assessed by submitted essays or projects, and the specialist modules by written examination and/or essays. Each module counts for 25 per cent of the final marks. In addition, students present a dissertation on an agreed topic totalling 25 per cent of the final marks. Written papers are taken in the May examination period, essays are normally submitted in early May and the dissertation by 15 September.
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.
Semester 1 (autumn)
One two-hour weekly seminar
1 x 4,000 word essay
This module introduces some of the major themes and genres of medieval culture. It is organised around the theme of cultural encounters, in order to emphasise the synthetic, international and translated elements of medieval culture. It is framed by opening and closing weeks which consider the encounter of the medieval and the modern. The body of the module addresses encounters – of cultures, languages, peoples, modes of representation, periods – in French, Spanish and English literatures, with particular attention to representations of time, space and language. We are delighted to be able to offer this module in collaboration with the British Museum. Textual analysis will be complemented with studies of two of our major themes, love culture and the medieval synthesis of classical and Christian cultures, using visual and material culture.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent – US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3) in an arts subject. You will also need to meet our English Language proficiency requirements (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/admissions/requirements/language.aspx) but do not need to have taken a language test before applying to our programme.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Your application will be assessed by at least two academics. We usually interview candidates, either in person or by phone if overseas, and you are welcome to call the department to arrange a visit. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please submit preferred optional courses and provisional dissertation topic as part of your personal statement. You are also required to provide a 2,000 to 4,000 word essay related to Medieval Studies.
Self-funded, AHRC, Graduate School studentships and bursaries.
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Eighteenth-Century Studies MA
When I applied for a place on the Eighteenth-Century Studies MA, there were two main reasons why the course appealed to me. Firstly, as an English Literature graduate, the interdisciplinary nature of the MA - the course covers early modern British and European literature, history, science, medicine, politics, philosophy, art, and more - would both enable me to develop my specific interest in the relationship between the arts and sciences during this era, and make me a better scholar of the period in general. Similarly, because the course was taught by both tutors from King's College and curators from the British Museum, it offered a unique opportunity to be around and improve my understanding of all the incredible artefacts - not just texts, but objects too - whose creation, or re-discovery in many cases, resulted from this ferment of ideas called the Enlightenment.
On starting the MA, I found that the course was everything I'd wanted it to be. British Museum curators taught the core modules, and in effect the Museum's showcase Enlightenment Gallery, which displays and interprets objects as eighteenth-century people might have made sense of them, became a vast classroom. King's College tutors taught the optional modules, and many of these were themed - the self, the body, liberty, melancholy, and so on - and ranged across a variety of media - conduct books, novels, philosophical treatises, diaries, portraits and more - to demonstrate how a number of disciplines informed the emergence of each particular idea or experience. The MA organizers were also really good at showcasing eighteenth-century London - there were trips to Kew gardens and Sir John Soane's house museum, amongst others, which was an unexpected bonus.
Aside from the course, the facilities at King's are very good. Its beautiful library is a two minute walk away from its main Strand campus, it has a big and cheap student bar with a view of the river, and it's next door to the Courtauld Institute and just over the river from the British Film Insitute on the south bank, two of my favourite places in London.