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Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

World views: Liber Floridus (Ghent University Library, MS 92, fols 226'v-226"r)

Islamic tiles (Bu Inania madrese, Fez)

New Islamic pathway: tiles, Bu Inania madrese, Fez

York: a great medieval city

Join a lively and welcoming community

Join a lively and welcoming community

Viking ships by the River Ouse

Study at the historic King's Manor

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, Music 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.



Production, Transmission & Interpretation: an interdisciplinary conference on Islamic Art, Architecture and Archaeology

5.23PM, University of York main campus (14 March) and King's Manor campus (15 March)


Stained Glass Masterclass 2024

10.00AM, The Huntingdon Room, King's Manor, University of York


Fit for the Gods: Chinese Porcelain and Collecting Practices at the Court of Ferrera

5.00PM, BS/104, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York

Dr Leah Clark, Kellogg College/Associate Professor in History of Art, University of Oxford

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CMS Graduation 2022-23 Cohort

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Congratulations to the 2022/3 Cohort of MA in Medieval Studies students who graduated today!

Dilnoza Duturaeva receives the 2023 Silk Road Academic Award.

Thursday 16 November 2023

At a ceremony at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea on 13-14 November, Dr Duturaeva (History/CMS) was presented with the 2023 Silk Road Academic Award.

2024 PhD Scholarships Available

Monday 6 November 2023

Funding has been announced for the 2024/5 application process for PhD study. Please read further to find out more about opportunities to do PhD research at CMS.

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