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Medieval Studies MA

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King’s contains one of the largest concentration of medievalists in the UK, bringing together scholars in medieval history, languages, literature and culture, with expertise across Europe and Asia. The course looks in depth at the Middle Ages and their relevance to today. The combination of literature, history and culture will give you a tangible sense of the period and looks at the different ways the Middle Ages have been understood from the 17th century to the present day as well as how new ways of studying the period are emerging in the digital era. The course gives you insight into the culture as well as the history and literature of the Middle Ages and the chance to consider medieval manuscripts in original or digital form. It provides an excellent grounding in a range of skills including communication, problem solving, information management, professional skills in manuscripts and languages which will be attractive for students looking to develop careers in the heritage, cultural sectors, libraries, archives, education and more.

Key benefits

  • Department of History – 86% of its research rated either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘Internationally excellent’ (3*) in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).
  • Learn from one of the largest concentration of medievalists in the UK, spread across eight departments including the only specialist professor in the UK in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies and specialisms in the contemporary medieval.
  • International centre of excellence for the study of history, literature and languages.
  • Provides key training in research skills while also adopting an outward-looking approach to the medieval past, engaging in its diverse representations and meanings across the world today.
  • 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.
  • The special “Ages of Medieval London” module takes students out of the classroom into a real-world environment in which they will apply their knowledge and problem solve.
  • Access to expert talks and resources on medieval literature, history and culture including the V&A, Lambeth Palace and the British Museum.

The programme takes full advantage of its place in central London, home to some of the largest collections of medieval manuscripts as well as material and visual culture in the British Library, the British Museum and other institutions. The course caters for history students, literature students and language students and introduces them to interdisciplinary techniques and challenges. We take pride in our 'hands-on' approach to the medieval past, which effectively prepares students for future doctoral work by providing them with the skills to engage in some of the medieval period's most hidden aspects—through teaching students how (literally) to read script and how to see how images of the distant past soak through contemporary life in different ways across the world. The programme aims to enable students to take the in-depth analytical skills and understanding of the past which they have gained by studying at this level both into many careers and into the further study of the disciplines which make up medieval studies, whether privately or professionally.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment typically include essays, exams and a dissertation. Coursework contributes approximately 90% and examinations approximately 10% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take two out of a selection of skills modules, including:

    And optional modules to a value of 45 credits, from a list including:

    Part-time students.

    In Year 1: Take the following required modules: ‘Encountering the Medieval’ and ‘Researching the Medieval’. In addition you will take one of your skills modules and two of your optional modules.

    In Year 2: You take your other skills module and your final optional module and the dissertation.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    The Medieval Studies MA can lead to a variety of career and study options including teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries or to further research.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

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

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

    Funding opportunity

    One Jinty Nelson Scholarship, generously funded by Dr Saker Nusseibeh, will be awarded, based on merit, to one applicant to the Medieval Studies MA. This award will be available on academic achievement and promise, and is available to UK, EU and overseas students. The recipient of this scholarship will receive £10,000 towards the cost they incur while studying. No application is necessary: all MA applications submitted will be considered.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    The programme takes full advantage of its place in central London, home to some of the largest collections of medieval manuscripts as well as material and visual culture in the British Library, the British Museum and other institutions. The course caters for history students, literature students and language students and introduces them to interdisciplinary techniques and challenges. We take pride in our 'hands-on' approach to the medieval past, which effectively prepares students for future doctoral work by providing them with the skills to engage in some of the medieval period's most hidden aspects—through teaching students how (literally) to read script and how to see how images of the distant past soak through contemporary life in different ways across the world. The programme aims to enable students to take the in-depth analytical skills and understanding of the past which they have gained by studying at this level both into many careers and into the further study of the disciplines which make up medieval studies, whether privately or professionally.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    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.

    Teaching

    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.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment typically include essays, exams and a dissertation. Coursework contributes approximately 90% and examinations approximately 10% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take:

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take two out of a selection of skills modules, including:

      And optional modules to a value of 45 credits, from a list including:

      Part-time students.

      In Year 1: Take the following required modules: ‘Encountering the Medieval’ and ‘Researching the Medieval’. In addition you will take one of your skills modules and two of your optional modules.

      In Year 2: You take your other skills module and your final optional module and the dissertation.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      The Medieval Studies MA can lead to a variety of career and study options including teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries or to further research.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

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

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

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

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme. 

      Funding opportunity

      One Jinty Nelson Scholarship, generously funded by Dr Saker Nusseibeh, will be awarded, based on merit, to one applicant to the Medieval Studies MA. This award will be available on academic achievement and promise, and is available to UK, EU and overseas students. The recipient of this scholarship will receive £10,000 towards the cost they incur while studying. No application is necessary: all MA applications submitted will be considered.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

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