This programme offers disciplinary training in medieval history and literatures while also offering students the benefit of an interdisciplinary environment to explore their research interests. It is divided into three components: (1) a 'core' programme, where students are introduced to the methods and theories of studying the medieval past, as well as key research techniques; (2) a 'skills' programme, in which students can choose from modules on medieval language, palaeography and manuscripts studies, as well as a hands-on approach to medieval London; (3) an 'optional module' programme, in which students choose modules based on their research interests (such as gender and sexuality; pre-modern global history; the environment; the Arthurian tradition; political thought and thinking); and (4) a dissertation, in which students pursue an original research project, which often is the foundation for future doctoral studies. In this way, through its emphasis on key skills and contemporary application, the programme prepares students for doctoral work and working in other cultural sectors and also provides a range of transferable skills suitable for the workplace.
The MA in Medieval Studies is based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King's College London. The faculty is a thriving research hub for medieval studies, hosting the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (CLAMS), which brings together medieval scholars from across the faculty (staff and students) in reading groups, seminar series, and an annual lecture. CLAMS is particularly concerned with understanding modern (mis)representations of the medieval past, and provides a vibrant forum for broad discussion about these issues. In addition, staff members of CLAMS host their own research projects, funded by the European Research Council (The Values of French, for example), the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (The community of the realm in Scotland, 1249-1424; Exon Domesday; The Magna Carta Project), or the Leverhulme Trust (Bees in the Medieval World). Staff are also very engaged in public history, with staff members appearing regularly on BBC Radio 4 programmes, such as In Our Time and even producing their own podcasts (such as Medieval History for Fun and Profit).
Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and Institute of English Studies (IES)
We will encourage you to make full use of the opportunities available through the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Institute of English Studies. Many members of the Department prepare and deliver their advanced seminars, and we encourage students to attend their workshops and specialist training days for graduate students.
If you are a full-time student, we will give you four to eight hours of teaching each week through seminars, where you will contribute to the discussion and prepare presentations. We will expect you to undertake 32-36 hours of independent study alongside this.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours a week of teaching through lectures and seminars in your first year, and two to four hours in your second year. Alongside this we will expect you to undertake 16-18 hours a week of independent study.
We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.