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Medieval Studies MA

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King’s is the leading centre for medieval studies in London. Our interdisciplinary Medieval Studies MA gives you the opportunity to draw on the expertise of seven different departments across Arts & Humanities and to study the medieval period from a variety of different perspectives.

A flexible structure allows you to build a programme of study that reflects your own particular interests and to develop a specialism exploring a theme or topic in your master’s dissertation.

Key benefits


  • Unrivalled location gives students access to major libraries, institutes and societies for medievalists.
  • Flexible combination of core skills and training modules.
  • Unique range of specialist options, allowing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study.

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 No set number.

Course leaders Dr Sarah Salih, Programme Convenor, Department of English

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 English



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Course detail



This Medieval Studies MA draws on our strengths in medieval teaching in departments including Classics, English, French, German, History, Music and Theology. The required module Visual & Verbal in Medieval Culture offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the multi-media Middle Ages, especially the relationship between text and image. You will also be able to choose taught modules from an extensive options list, including skills modules in languages and Palaeography. We are also able to draw on the expertise of Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies (www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/clams/index.aspx) academics to offer you an exceptional geographical and historical range.

Our definition of the Middle Ages extends from the late antique to the early renaissance periods and covers eastern as well as western Europe. You will study medieval literature, languages, history, art and philosophy within a historicist framework, which will train you in a range of methodologies, from the traditional skills of palaeography and codicology to the theoretical tools of gender, sexuality and postcolonial studies. With huge flexibility and choice of module, you will be able to tailor your degree to your own interests, to the extent that no two Medieval Studies MAs are alike. At the end of the course you will bring all of the skills and knowledge you have developed to produce a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice.

You will automatically become a member of the Centre for Medieval Studies and you will be invited to take part in its activities, by attending and assisting at conferences and research events, and participating in staff-student study days.

Course format and assessment


If you are a full-time student, we will give you six to eight hours of teaching each week through lectures, seminars and skills workshops, and we will expect you to undertake 34 hours of self- study.

If you are a part-time student, we will give you three to five hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars in your first year and two to four hours in your second, and we will expect you to undertake 23 hours of self-study in your first year and 11 in your second. You will write your dissertation in your second summer, for which we will give you four 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.


If you are a full-time student your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays and critical commentaries. Coursework generally accounts for 100% of your final mark, though if you take optional modules in Latin, these would be assessed by exam.

If you are a part-time student your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays, book reviews and commentaries on material culture. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.


We are located at the Strand Campus, which is in a key part of the medieval city, the main route between the City of London and the royal and ecclesiastical centre at Westminster, and so we are only a few minutes’ walk from numerous significant medieval sites. In addition to our own facilities, London offers you an unrivalled range of resources and events for medieval studies. You will have access to the collections of the National Archives, the British Library, the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. You will also have access to regular research seminars at other London colleges and institutions. Academics come from all over the world to work with the medieval materials that London has to offer, and they frequently visit us to talk about their research.

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:

· Visual & Verbal in Medieval Culture (20 credits)

· Dissertation Medieval Studies (60 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take five modules (totalling 100 credits) from a list that may include:

· Arthurian Tradition in Literature & History (20 credits)

· Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)

· Byzantium & the West (20 credits)

· Contemporary Medieval (20 credits)

· Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance (20 credits)

· Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)

· Food & Drink in Medieval England (20 credits)

· Foundations & Records of English Royal Government 800–1300 (20 credits)

· The History of Medieval Women (20 credits)

· History of Script in Britain (20 credits)

· The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (40 credits)

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

· Latin for Graduates: Intermediate (20 credits)

· Latin for Graduates: Beginners (20 credits)

· Law & Society from Constantine to Charlemagne (20 credits)

· Magna Carta & the Medieval Monarchy (20 credits)

· Material Culture of the Book (20 credits)

· Medieval Latin Literature (20 credits)

· Medieval Music from the Sources (20 credits)

· Medieval Philosophy (20 credits)

· Medieval Slavery (20 credits)

· Middle English Textual Cultures (20 credits)

· Official & Unofficial Religion (20 credits)

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

· Palaeography (20 credits)

· Pre-modern Dialogues (20 credits)

· The Troubadours & their Legacy (20 credits)


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 Studies Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an arts subject.

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.

Your application will be assessed by at least two academics. We usually interview candidates, either in person or by phone if overseas, and you are welcome to call the department to arrange a visit. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Medieval Studies checklist
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 submit preferred optional courses and provisional dissertation topic as part of your personal statement. 

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.
Writing Sample Yes You are required to provide a 2,000 to 4,000 word essay related to Medieval Studies.
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.

Preparation courses

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

· 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

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.


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