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Medieval History MA

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Our master's offers an exciting opportunity to study medieval history at a world-class university,  internationally recognised as a centre of excellence with expertise spanning the whole of the Middle Ages, from the late Roman Empire to the beginning of the Renaissance, spanning Britain and continental Europe. 

Our optional modules cover a wide range or approaches to the period, inlcuding economic, social, political and legal history, and the history of political thought. 

We are particularly proud of our offering in Latin and palaeography, which provide students with grounding in the practical skills of medievalists. 

Our master's leads to careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries and prepares students for PhD study.

Key benefits

  • Taught in one of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the top six departments of history in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2018/19).

  • International centre of excellence for the study of medieval history with nine full-time medieval history specialists in the department.

  • 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.
  • Our distinctive skills training includes Medieval Latin at beginners', intermediate and advanced levels taught by a medieval Latinist and a full palaeography course including the history of medieval script.t

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, with nine medieval specialsts (full-time 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 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.

Institute of Historical Research
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 through seminars, where you will contribute to the discussion and prepare presentations.

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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

The majority of our modules are assessed through coursework. Your dissertation will be a 15,000-word essay.

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, 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.

Optional Modules

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

  • Food and Drink in Medieval England (20 credits)
  • Magna Carta & Medieval Monarchy (20 credits)
  • Money in the Middle Ages (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 £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please list the optional modules in which you are interested.
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 Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 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 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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 the costs above, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Printing and binding two hard copies of the dissertation

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

Financial help and support

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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.


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