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Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

Study at the historic King's Manor 

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A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

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

Join a vibrant and active community of like-minded medievalists

The city of York is rich in medieval resources

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.

Our vision of medieval studies situates world-leading expertise on the European Middle Ages, 400-1550, within a wider Afro-Eurasian framework, with current concentrations of excellence in medieval England and its neighbours, the built environment, religion and dissent, gender and sexuality, Viking studies and Islamic cultures.

We draw upon expertise from the departments of Archaeology, English and Related Literature, History and History of Art, as well as from Computer Science, Language and Linguistic Sciences and Physics. Our teaching and research is shaped by long experience of innovative interdisciplinary collaboration, extending across the Humanities to the Natural Sciences. 

We are a welcoming and supportive community, fully committed to diversity and inclusivity in our study of the Middle Ages.

Postgraduate courses



Gaelic Influence in the Northumbrian Kingdom: A Focus on York

5.30PM, Zoom

Dr Fiona Edmonds (Lancaster University)


Medieval Literatures Research Seminar

5.00PM, To be confirmed

Professor Shirin A. Khanmohamadi (San Franciso State University)

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Research projects


York Medieval Press - Call for Book Proposals

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Book proposals are invited for the series Health and Healing in the Middle Ages

Journal Website Launch: Postmedieval

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Congratulations to the editorial team at the journal 'postmedieval' on the launch of their new website.

Publication - York: Art, Architecture and Archaeology

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Congratulations to CMS Professors Sarah Brown, Tim Ayers and Sarah Rees Jones on the publication of their new edited book: York: Art, Architecture and Archaeology. Out 20 July!

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