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MA Medieval Studies

Our interdisciplinary MA presents an interconnected medieval world, offering our students a wide and inclusive vision of Afro-Eurasia from 500 to 1500. See here for full description of the MA.  We are now offering a 'Medieval Islamic Cultures' pathway through the degree.

Over 30 staff actively co-teach on the MA. Each year we offer over 20 modules, allowing students a broad choice from which to shape their study of the Middle Ages. 

The modules include: social and textual history (from documents to poetry), gender and sexuality, religion and dissent, materiality and conservation, medieval science, England and its neighbours, York and the North, Vikings, Islamic cultures and the global Middle Ages.

The innovative MA core course teaches you what interdisciplinarity is and how to do it. Training in languages and palaeography gives you the skills to engage with the Middle Ages for yourself.  These languages now include Arabic.

The Centre for Medieval Studies is based at the historic King’s Manor, in the heart of the medieval city of York. Yorkshire offers stunning landscapes, medieval sites and vibrant multicultural cities.

There are excellent library and archival resources in the university and the city.

The Medieval MA Community

There are over 60 medieval MA students at York, bringing together those on the CMS interdisciplinary MA and those doing single-discipline MAs in Archaeology, History, History of Art and Literature.

You will meet the York medievalists (staff and students) on the modules that we offer, and at our many seminars, guest lectures and trips. See our activities here.

Contact Us

We participate in open days throughout the year. If you are interested in study at the CMS, meet us at a postgraduate event.

For general enquiries, please email us at