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Medieval History MA



King's is internationally renowned for medieval history and our MA offers training in Latin, Palaeography and research skills, and choice of options from Magna Carta and medieval women to digital humanities. We have traditional strengths in Anglo-Saxon England, Britain in the central Middle Ages together with early and later medieval Europe. 

Key benefits

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the Top 10 departments of History in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2015).

  • International centre of excellence for the study of Medieval history.

  • Introduces students to the burgeoning field of digital humanities through collaboration with the Department of Digitial Humanities and King's Digital Lab.

  • The central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.

  • Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.

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Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Variable.

Course leaders Dr Alice Rio & Dr Alice Taylor

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of History


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

First class or 2:1 honours undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in history or a related subject such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.

Application procedure

Once references and transcripts are received, we aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please list the optional modules in which you are interested.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


King’s is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of medieval history, with traditional expertise in the study of Anglo-Saxon England, Britain in the central Middle Ages together with early and latger medieval Europe, recently strengthened by the arrival of new members of staff.

The MA programme is amongst the most successful of its kind worldwide, teaching students the skills and analysis required for medieval historical study and delving into significant topics of the period, from Magna Carta to the history of medieval women. Furthermore, the MA introduces students to the burgeoning field of the digital humanities through collaboration with the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH). Staff and students also regularly contribute to and attend lectures by the multidisciplinary Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (CLAMS).

The History department has traditional expertise in Anglo-Saxon England, Britain in the central Middle Ages together with early and later medieval Europe. Major research projects in medieval history currently being undertaken by MA teaching staff include the AHRC-funded online databases Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) and Henry III Fine Rolls, an AHRC-funded project The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe and the Leverhulme Trust funded project Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of English Landed Society in 1066.

Modules on the MA in Medieval History are taught by weekly seminars where students are expected to contribute to discussion and prepare presentations. Students can also attend relevant undergraduate lecture series such as European History 400-1500 or The Making of Britain 400-1400. Students on the one year full-time programme attend 4-8 hours of taught classes per week, whilst students following the two year part-time MA attend 2-6 hours of taught classes per week. The compulsory 15,000 word dissertation enables students to research a topic of their choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor.

Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

King’s history students are encouraged to make full use of the opportunities available to them through the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). Many members of the History department convene its period-based seminars, including the flourishing Early Medieval History and European History 1150-1550 seminars. In addition, the IHR offers a wide range of other events besides: from student-run workshops to specialist training days. This intersection between Department, School and the IHR makes King’s a uniquely productive environment for graduate study in History.

Course purpose

To train scholars moving into academic work after completing an undergraduate degree, but also for those who want to deepen their knowledge of the period.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Students will take modules worth a minimum of 180 credits. Taught compulsory and optional modules assessed by coursework and/or examination plus a compulsory dissertation.


  • Required Modules

    Students on this course are required to take the following modules (worth 120 credits):

    • Materials and Methods

    • Paleography

    • Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates (Intermediate)

    • Dissertation

    Part Time Students

    • In year one students take 40 credits of required modules

    • In year two students take 80 credits of required modules (including the dissertation module)


    Optional Modules

    Students choose 60 credits of optional modules which may typically include:

    • Magna Carta and Medieval Monarchy

    • Money in the Middle Ages

    • Carolingian Literature: Politics and Imagination in an Age of Anxiety

    • The History of Medieval Women

    • The Language of Politics: Italy 1250-1500

    • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800

    • Up to 40 credits from a range of level 7 modules offered outside of the department, including those offered intercollegiately, subject to programme convenors approval

    Part Time Students

    • In year one students will choose 40 credits of optional modules that may typically include those listed above

    • In year two students will choose 20 credits of optional modules that may typically include those listed above


Career prospects

Leads to further research or careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,775 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.  

The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.

UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Worshipful Company of Bowyers Scholarship

One Worshipful Company of Bowyers Scholarship, generously funded by the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, will be awarded to the best-performing King’s undergraduate History student (single or joint honours) who is staying on to take any of the Masters programmes offered by the Department, and is not in receipt of any other funding. This scholarship is worth £2,000, and will be awarded based on undergraduate degree results.  No application is necessary; all MA applications from final-year History undergraduates will be considered.


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