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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

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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.

Combining world-renowned expertise and research in Medieval Art and Architecture, Archaeology, Literature, and History with the unrivalled resources available in the medieval city of York, the Centre offers a truly interdisciplinary Medieval Studies experience.                                                           

Postgraduate courses



Commemorating Magna Carta at Runnymede, 1915-2015

6.00PM, Zoom

Dr Steven Franklin, Royal Holloway


What Was the Use of Silver in the Viking Age?

2.00PM, Zoom

Professor Orri Vésteinsson, University of Iceland


Reckoning: Historical Practice in the Medieval Irish Classroom

5.30PM, Zoom

Dr. Elizabeth Boyle (Maynooth University)

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Research projects


In Remembrance of Ann Rycraft

Tuesday 5 January 2021

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Ann Rycraft, who died on 9 December 2020.

Publication News - Writing the Holy Land: The Franciscans of Mount Zion and the Construction of a Cultural Memory, 1300–1550

Tuesday 5 January 2021

Congratulations to CMS and Department of English and Related Literature academic, Michele Campopiano, on the publication of his new book.

A Celebration of Professor Mark Ormrod (1957-2020)

Monday 4 January 2021

On 18 December 2020 we celebrated Mark's life at an online memorial, which can now be viewed online.

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