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A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

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York: one of the finest medieval cities in the world

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The UK’s largest and longest established postgraduate provider of Medieval Studies  

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Join a vibrant and active community of like-minded medievalists 

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The city of York is rich in medieval resources

Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) at the University of York is one of the world’s leading centres for postgraduate study and research into the Middle Ages. We are one of the largest and longest established providers of Medieval Studies courses in the UK, combining world renowned knowledge, expertise and research from across the University.

Combining the disciplines of Medieval Art and Architecture, Medieval Archaeology, Medieval Literature and Medieval History and drawing on the unrivalled resources available in the medieval city of York, the Centre offers a truly interdisciplinary Medieval Studies experience and a unique MA in Medieval Studies.


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The Centre for Medieval Literature (based at the University of York and the University of Southern Denmark)
has just launched Interfaces. A Journal of Medieval European Literatures.
INTERFACES: A Journal of Medieval European Literature

The next York Mystery Plays cycle will be staged at York Minster in June 2016.  The 800-year-old gothic cathedral will undergo a spectacular transformation into an auditorium for a month-long staging in June 2016.  See local press for more details.  Further news will be posted here on on our blog as information is received.

Living and working together: England's immigrants in the Middle Ages
A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is launched by the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffiled and The National Archives. 




Medieval Studies at York

Alumni share their experiences

Events, conferences and workshops


Medieval Women Revisited

4.00PM, Huntingdon Room, King's Manor

CMS Conference in collaboration with Palacký University


The Codex Amiatinus In Context

9.00AM, University of York and Bede's World, Jarrow

Organisers Dr Meg Boulton and Dr Jane Hawkes

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