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A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

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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.

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



Fornaldarsögur, Prosimetrum, and History-Writing in Medieval Iceland

2.00PM, K/187

Dr Tim Rowbotham (University of York)


Reactionary Patriots and European Romance: Aspects of Medievalism in Early Victorian Wales

5.30AM, Treehouse (BS/104), Berrick Saul Building

Prof. Huw Pryce (Bangor)


Viking Studies Research Group

2.00PM, K/187

Dr Heidi Stoner (Durham)

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Research projects


Prof. Christopher Norton publishes groundbreaking research on the Bayeux Tapestry

Wednesday 30 October 2019

CMS Professor Emeritus makes headlines with conclusion that the Bayeux Tapestry was designed to fit perfectly the nave of the 11thC Bayeux Cathedral, shedding light on how contemporaries - including King William I himself - would have viewed the tapestry.

Dr Lydia Zeldenrust Awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Monday 8 July 2019

The Centre would like to congratulate Dr Lydia Zeldenrust for her recent award of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.

HRC Doctoral Fellowships competition

Tuesday 25 June 2019

The HRC held its annual Doctoral Fellowships competition today, with CMS PhD Luke Giraudet being awarded third place.

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