Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

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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.

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



In the next leyf: the edge of the material text

5.00PM, Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Heslington West Campus

Professor Daniel Wakelin (University of Oxford)


Hedeby and its relations with the Danelaw in the late 9th and 10th centuries

2.00PM, K/157 (Dept of Archaeology)

Volker Hilberg (Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen)


Approaches to the Medieval Bible

5.30PM, K/111

Professor Frans van Liere (Calvin College)

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Research projects


Prestigious Honour for Nick Havely

Thursday 18 April 2019

Professor Emeritus Nick Havely has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Dante Society of America, in recognition of his many, longstanding contributions to the field of Dante Studies.

Tom McLeish on Scientific Inspiration

Friday 1 March 2019

This week saw Professor Tom McLeish taking to the online platform of "The Conversation" to talk about the importance of scientific inspiration, ignoring the fabricated divide between "the sciences" and "the arts," and how vital it is to actually just talk to each other across disciplines.

CMS MA graduate wins GMS prize

Thursday 27 December 2018

One of our CMS MA alumni, Sarah Hinds, has been awarded this year's Gender and Medieval Studies essay prize for the archaeology essay on erotic badges she submitted for the interdisciplinary module Gender and Sexuality last year.

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