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Medieval History MA

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King’s is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of medieval history, with particular expertise in the study of Britain in the central Middle Ages, together with early and later medieval Europe.

Our MA course gives you the skills and analysis you need for studying medieval history and delving into significant topics of the period, from Magna Carta to the history of medieval women.

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

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 five departments of history in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • King’s graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 4th in the UK for graduate employability (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).
  • International centre of excellence for the study of history.
  • 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.

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 Alexandra Sapoznik

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of History



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We are internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of medieval history, and we have been further strengthened by the arrival of new members of staff. The Medieval History MA course is among the most successful of its kind worldwide, offering a broad range of optional modules and also expert training in historical skills and techniques.

Some of the major research projects in medieval history that our MA teaching staff have been involved in include the AHRC- funded online databases Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) and Henry III Fine Rolls, and the AHRC-funded projects The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe, The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-Western England, The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424, and the Leverhulme Trust funded project Bees in the medieval world: Economic, environmental and cultural perspectives.

Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

We will encourage you to make full use of the opportunities available through the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). Many members of the Department prepare and deliver 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: from student-run workshops to specialist training days. This intersection between Department, School and the IHR means we have a uniquely productive environment for graduate study in History.

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Course format and assessment


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.

For your dissertation, we will give you six hours of supervision and we will expect you to undertake 574 hours of self-study.

If you are a part-time student, we will give you two to six hours of teaching each week through seminars.

For your dissertation, we will give you six hours of supervision.

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.


Your performance will be assessed through coursework and a written examination. Coursework contributes approximately 90% and examinations approximately 10% to your final mark.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our central London location offers you unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries, as well as easy access to resources in Europe. You will benefit from our own facilities and the huge number of cultural and social opportunities of one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take:

· Materials & Methods (20 credits)

· Palaeography (20 credits)

· Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates (Intermediate) (20 credits)

· Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Materials and Methods and Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates (Intermediate), along with two optional modules, in your first year. In your second year, you will take Palaeography and your Dissertation, along with a final optional module, in your second year.

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

· Magna Carta & Medieval Monarchy (20 credits)

· Carolingian Literature: Politics & Imagination in an Age of Anxiety (20 credits)

· The History of Medieval Women (20 credits)

· The Language of Politics: Italy 1250–1500 (20 credits)

· One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600–800 (20 credits)

· Up to 40 credits from a range of master’s level modules offered outside the Department, including those offered at other institutions (intercollegiately), subject to the course convenor’s approval

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Medieval History Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in history or related subjects such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band C Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. Once references and transcripts are received, we aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Medieval History entry requirements
Personal Statement  Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please list the optional modules you are interested in.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
 Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

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

· books if you choose to buy your own copies

· clothing for optional course related events and competitions

· library fees and fines

· personal photocopies

· printing course handouts

· society membership fees

· stationery

· travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

· graduation costs

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates continue to further research or transfer their skills and knowledge to careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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