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Palaeography & Manuscript Studies MPhil/PhD



  • REF rankings 2014: 3rd in the country according to the ‘power’ metric, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity. The Department also received an outstanding score for the impact of its research. Overall, 76% of our research was rated 3* or 4* indicating internationally excellent and world-leading quality.

  • Current number of academic staff: 10+ (across department).

  • Current number of research students: 50 FT and 30 PT.

  • Current research projects:

    • Merovingian & Carolingian palaeography.

    • Digitisation of Medieval Manuscripts.

Key information

Duration Expected to be: PhD (initial registration for MPhil), three years FT, four to six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Palaeography and Manuscript Studies (Department of Classics)


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

All students for MPhil/PhD entry will be expected to have a Master's degree (or overseas equivalent) . The department in which you will be registered may have other requirements - please see their entries for details.

Application procedure

Your admissions process will be handled by the department to which you have applied and they will have different admissions requirements, such as submission of written papers with your formal application to study. Please contact the department in which you want to base your study. Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below for 2017/18 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • September 2017 entry - Application deadline: 20th July 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd September 2017 for Home/EU students
  • January 2018 entry - Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • April 2018 entry - Application deadline: 18th February 2017 for Overseas/Home/EU students

Course detail


Palaeography, the study of ancient handwriting, is a strong specialist area at King's and the College has appointed a new Chair of Palaeography & Manuscript Studies, who is based in the Department of History. Palaeography is taught in most departments across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and students wishing to carry out research in Palaeography should approach the relevant department. Current specialists work in areas of study such as Classics, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, English, French, History (especially medieval history), Spanish and Digital Humanities.

Course study environment

Palaeography students will be registered in the appropriate department in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. As a student of Palaeography, you will have access to the outstanding collection of manuscript facsimiles and secondary literature in the Palaeography Room in the University of London Library at Senate House, as well as the resources of the Institute of Classical Studies and the Institute of Historical Research.

Postgraduate training

The Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies at the Institute of English Studies at Senate House provides seminars related to palaeography and manuscript studies. There is a monthly palaeography workshop, run in the Palaeography Room. Palaeography students will have the opportunity for study at other Colleges in the University of London, and in the Senate Institutes. There is also the opportunity to work with the Department of Digital Humanities in digital palaeography.

Head of group/division

Professor Julia Crick, Professor of Palaeography & Manuscript Studies

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

Course website


Career prospects

Career destinations

Our students have gone on to work in academia and the museum sector.



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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Fees for UK/EU research students are linked to rates set by the Research Councils UK and for 2016/17 were on average £4,600 for full time fees and £2,300 for part time fees. The rates for students starting their research programmes in the 17/18 academic year will be set by the end of January 2017.

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees:  £17,850 p.a.               

Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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