Medieval manuscript

A leading international centre of research into the Middle Ages 

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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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Join a vibrant and active community of like-minded medievalists 

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The city of York is rich in medieval resources

Welcome to the Centre for Medieval Studies

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. We are one of the largest and longest established providers of Medieval Studies courses in the UK, combining world renowned knowledge, expertise and research from across the University.

Combining the disciplines of Medieval Art and Architecture, Medieval Archaeology, Medieval Literature and Medieval History and drawing on the unrivalled resources available in the medieval city of York, the Centre offers a truly interdisciplinary Medieval Studies experience and a unique MA in Medieval Studies.


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Debut novel by CMS PhD student is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

CMS and English department researchers bring Old Norse language back to JORVIK Viking Centre

New Publication by Sarah Brown

Handwriting provides window into health, new documentary reveals
‘Tremulous Hands’ explores how Dr Deborah Thorpe helped identify the type of tremor a prolific 13th century scribe lived with after carrying out forensic analysis of his distinctive handwriting. 


Medieval Studies at York

Alumni share their experiences

Events, conferences and workshops


The Arts of Pilgrimage

6.30PM, The Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building

Qaisra Khan (British Museum)


Lost in Translation: Destroyed Sculpture, Invented Images, and the Afterlife of the Black Madonna of Le Puy

4.30PM, B/S005, Berrick Saul Building

Elisa Foster (Henry Moore Institute)

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