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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



Archives and Archival Sensibilities in Medieval Arabic Historiography

2.00PM, Zoom

Dr Fozia Bora, University of Leeds


'Et stellam matutinam vus dunra to go te bedde': Women and Multilingualism in Late Medieval England

5.00PM, To be confirmed

Professor Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University


Alhazen’s Optics and the European Medieval and Renaissance Perspectiva Traditions in Science and the Architectural Arts

5.30PM, To be confirmed

Professor Nader El-Bizri, American University of Beirut and Durham Leverhulme Visiting Professor

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Research projects


Richard III Society Dissertation Prize Winner

Thursday 4 February 2021

We are delighted to announce that Sophie Newton, graduate of the MA in Medieval Art and Medievalisms (Department of History of Art), has been awarded the Richard III Society Dissertation Prize.

Students from all backgrounds need access to the literature of every age

Wednesday 3 February 2021

CMS and English colleague, Shazia Jagot, writes about Medieval and Early Modern Literature and the fundamental underlying issues in this Times Higher Education Blog post.

Shazia Jagot Appointed Co-Editor of Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Shazia Jagot will be joining Julie Orlemanski (University of Chicago) and Sara Ritchey (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) as co-editor of Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies.

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