The English Department at the University of York is one of the leading institutions for the study of medieval language and literature in the UK.
The School covers postgraduate teaching and research in the literatures of medieval England and continental Europe from the beginnings to around 1500, and includes Latin, Old Norse, French and Italian, as well as Old and Middle English.
The Centre for Medieval Studies provides an attractive physical location as well as a stimulating intellectual milieu for all medieval post-graduate teaching and research in the University, in whatever department.
All the English medievalists are also members of the interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval Studies, founded in 1968, which has its own building in the historic King's Manor, close to the heart of medieval York.
MA and research students in English who are working in medieval fields of study are automatically members of this large, friendly and very active research community, which currently numbers around ninety staff and students.
King's Manor is a complex of buildings of great character and antiquity. It was originally the medieval lodgings of the abbot of the nearby St Mary's Abbey and in the seventeenth century housed the Council of the North. It now has seminar rooms, a library, computer facilities, workrooms for MA and research students, a staff-student common room and a refectory, as well as easy access to York's many bookshops, coffee-bars and pubs. The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Archaeology Department are also housed there.
The Centre for Medieval Studies runs a busy programme of talks and seminars relating to both the early and the late Middle Ages. A diverse range of research groups focused on early medieval studies, the household, medieval religion, text and reality, and medieval literature run alongside the popular cinema club and there are two reading groups, devoted to late Anglo-Saxon texts and Middle English popular romances, that meet regularly throughout the term.
English staff and students have recently organised national or international conferences at York and elsewhere on:
Students are actively encouraged to give conference papers (at York and elsewhere) and to organise research events. A fund set up in memory of Elizabeth Salter, founding professor of medieval literature at York, provides small grants to enable students to travel for the purposes of research.
There are currently eight full-time staff members in the Department's Medieval School whose innovative research crosses linguistic, chronologic and disciplinary boundaries.
They form one of the largest groupings of medievalists in any Department in the UK, and their interests range from Beowulf to Dante, from history to hagiography, from manuscript dissemination to medieval multiculturalism. They engage with topics as diverse as Viking poetry, textual cultures, the French of England, gender, literary theory, urban culture and popular narrative.
They jointly teach the MA in Medieval Literatures which started in October 2001.
Applicants who would like to find out about research opportunities, or to discuss a research proposal, should contact the School director (Linne Mooney) in the first instance, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or at the address below, who will put them in touch with the appropriate person.
General enquiries should be made to the Administrator, Centre for Medieval Studies, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP (email email@example.com).
Since 2001 members of the Medieval Research School have been jointly teaching the highly successful MA in Medieval Literatures alongside the interdisciplinary MA offered by the Centre for Medieval Studies.
The Medieval Research School also offers supervision for research degrees on a very wide range of topics from all medieval periods, including comparative topics that relate Old and Middle English to Old Norse, Latin, French and Italian.
The research degrees of PhD, MPhil and MA by Research, full-time and part-time, all entail the writing of a thesis. The PhD (three years full time, six years part-time) is usually open only to those who have already completed an MA. The MPhil is two years full time, four years part-time; the MA by Research is one year full-time, two years part-time. The research and teaching interests of staff listed here are only a brief indication of their range.