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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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Richard III:  Rumour and Reality

Why did Shakespeare's father paint over iconic medieval murals?







Medieval Studies at York

Alumni share their experiences

Events, conferences and workshops



5.30PM, The Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, Heslington West Campus


Navigating the Church in Twelfth-Century England

4.30PM, Bowland Auditorium BS/005

Dr Karl Kinsella (University of York)


Wolves, ravens and troll-women: 1066 in Old Norse History and Literature

6.00PM, King’s Manor K/133

Erin Goeres (University College London)

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