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Medieval Studies MA

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Our Medieval Studies MA draws on the expertise of a wide range of departments to enable you to study the period from a variety of perspectives. In addition to a huge choice of optional modules, we offer a module taught in partnership with the British Museum, drawing on its world-famous collection. This wide-ranging course allows you to build a study pathway that reflects your own particular interests and to develop a specialism exploring a theme or topic in your master’s dissertation.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

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 which draws on our strengths in medieval teaching in departments including Classics, Digital Humanities, English, French, German, History, Music and Theology. The required module Visual and 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 purpose

To deepen subject knowledge and develop skills in research methods, critical analysis and judgement. To provide training in techniques required for advanced study and to offer opportunities for specialist work.

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.


You are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. For your dissertation, you will write a 15,000-word essay.


Year 1

Required Modules
    You are required to take:
  • Visual and 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

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 and 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 and Identity: Jews of Muslim and Christian Spain (20 credits)
  • Feudal Revolution (20 credits)
  • Food and 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 And 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 and 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)

We review the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-do-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules may change. 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Medieval Studies Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an arts subject.
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 and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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

Please submit preferred optional courses and provisional dissertation topic as part of your personal statement. You are also required to provide a 2,000 to 4,000 word essay related to Medieval Studies.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

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 UK fees: £9,900 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £19,320 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: £4,950 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,660 per year (2018/19)

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

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 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, 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.

Career destinations

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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