MA in Medieval Literatures and Languages

Convenor: Nicola McDonald



As well as making a substantial contribution to the interdisciplinary MA in Medieval Studies offered by the Centre for Medieval Studies, the English Medieval School offers an MA in Medieval Literatures.

This MA has hugely expanded my knowledge of the subject itself, the scholarship growing up around it, and endowed me with invaluable experience in researching, writing, delivering seminar papers, and basically being an active postgraduate

MA in Medieval Literatures

The MA in Medieval Literatures is a one-year programme that combines the study of Old and Middle English, and approaches medieval English literature as part of a dynamic, multilingual literary culture in which English interacted with Latin, Old Norse, and French. The MA caters both for those students who wish primarily to study the literature of medieval England, and also those who wish to explore other medieval European literatures as well. The MA thus takes full advantage of staff expertise in Latin, Old English, Middle English, Old Norse, Old French (including Anglo-Norman), while another area of special focus is Palaeography.

The course teaches a range of linguistic and technical skills which are essential for further medieval research.


Applicants need not have specialised in medieval literature at undergraduate level, nor need they have already mastered the languages required for the degree. The aim of this programme is to provide intensive training during the course, and for this the most important pre-requisites are intelligence, enthusiasm, a capacity for very hard work and a desire to learn - as well as a fascination with the Middle Ages.

King's Manor, (c)

Students will be based at the Centre for Medieval Studies, King's Manor, which has a lively interdisciplinary research culture.


  • Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each
  • A 14,000-16,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic



The programme is fully modularised and divided into 4 taught option modules, and a research dissertation.

Skills modules (Latin, Old English, Old Norse, Old French, Palaeography) are taught over the first two terms and are an essential part of the course.

2018/19 modules


Option modules will vary from year to year, according to staff availability, and will run subject to minimum numbers. Further information can be found at the Centre for Medieval Studies page

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Who to contact

For further information about this MA please contact:

Administrator at the Centre for Medieval Studies
King's Manor
York, YO1 7EP

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.