Medieval manuscript

A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

Aerial view of York

York: one of the finest medieval cities in the world

People in Minster

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

Merchant adventurers hall

Join a vibrant and active community of like-minded medievalists 

York Minster screen

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.



Headmaster's House - front‌‌
 ‌ The Centre for Medieval Studies   supplies information on research   and activities in medieval studies   at York.


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

Tuesday 26 May
Yorkshire Philosophical Society Lecture
Sarah Rees Jones (York)
The Norman Conquest in York: A Reassessment
7:30pm - Tempest Anderson Hall

Monday 1 June
Department of History of Art Research Seminar 
Lisa Reilly 
(University of Virginia & History of Art Visiting Fulbright Scholar)
The Invention of Norman Visual Culture 
5:30pm - Bowland, Berrick Saul 

Tuesday 2 June
CMS Research Seminar
Susanne Wittekind (Universität zu Köln & CMS Visiting Professor)
The Chapter House Frescoes at Sigena reconsidered. 
Queen Sancha of Aragón and her founding of a female Hospitaller convent as a royal residence, burial place, archive, and crown hoard
5:30pm - KG/84