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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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Congratulations Professors Hawkes and Lillie!

Leverhulme Trust grant success
Dr Sethina Watson to explore the record marking of Archbishop Walter de Gray (1215-55)

CMS PhD student Zara Burford is awarded 2nd place in the HRC doctoral fellowships award
with her presentation title of 
Books, bones and brotherly love: reading monastic relationships through saints' cults in the eleventh-century West Midlands






Medieval Studies at York

Alumni share their experiences

Events, conferences and workshops


Blizzards of Steel: Viking Poetry and the Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge

7.30PM, Tempest Anderson Hall

Matthew Townend (University of York)


Understanding the Global Citizen, c.1200-c.1600

6.15PM, King's Manor K/133

Martial Staub (University of Sheffield)

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