Our research

Internationally significant research in medieval studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies in York is a leading international centre for collaborative research in the Middle Ages. Our diverse community of more than 150 scholars includes teaching and research staff, interdisciplinary and single-subject MA and PhD students, research associates and visiting fellows.

Interdisciplinary research is encouraged through conferences and workshops at the King’s Manor, joint teaching and doctoral supervision, research and reading groups, and a busy diary of events, many of which bring world-renowned scholars to York.

The CMS is home to a wide range of major research projects. CMS staff lead projects on petitions to the Crown, diocesan cause papers and the identification of English scribes. The CMS is also home to York Medieval Press, an edited series of volumes publishing cutting-edge research in the Middle Ages with leading international publisher, Boydell & Brewer.

York is also one of very few universities in the world that undertakes interdisciplinary doctoral research in medieval studies. Students can pursue single-discipline PhDs in Archaeology, History, Literature and History of Art, or interdisciplinary PhDs which draw from two or more disciplines.

The Centre and its scholars work closely with individuals and institutions across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. These institutional ties and international networks enable students to pursue exchanges with overseas universities.

The city of York itself offers rich resources which attract visiting fellows form all over the world to study its exceptional medieval architectural, artistic and archaeological remains as well as the collections held in its major libraries, archives and museums.