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Medieval Studies MA

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Our Medieval Studies MA gives you the opportunity to draw on the expertise of eight different departments across Arts & Humanities and to study the medieval period from a variety of different perspectives.

In addition to a huge choice of options, we offer a module partly taught in the British Museum, drawing on its world-famous collection. Our wide-ranging course 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, Digital Humanities, English, French, German, History, Music and Theology. The required module Visual & Verbal in Medieval Culture, partly taught in the British Museum, 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, Palaeography and Digital Humanities. We are also able to draw on the expertise of Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies 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 four hours each week through lectures and seminars in your first year and two to four in your second, and we will expect you to undertake 23 hours of self-study in your first year, and 11 in your second.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

You are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. For your dissertation, you will write 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:

  • Visual & Verbal in Medieval Culture (20 credits)
  • Dissertation Medieval Studies (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Visual and Verbal in Medieval Culture in your first year, and your dissertation in your second. You will split your optional modules over two years. For example, you may take three optional modules in your first year and two in your second.

Optional Modules
In addition you are required to take five modules (totalling 100 credits) from a list that typically includes:

• Arthurian Tradition in Literature & History (20 credits)
• Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
• Books & Bodies (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)
• Digital Approaches to Literature (20 credits)
• Exile & Identity: Jews of Muslim & Christian Spain (20 credits)
• Feudal Revolution (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)
• Living in Byzantium I (20 credits)
• Living in Byzantium II (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 £60 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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 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 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 

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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