Founded in 1968, the Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) at the University of York is the UK’s oldest and largest centre for the interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages. It is the largest provider of medieval graduate studies in the UK and has a global reputation as one of the most successful institutions in its field.
The Centre combines the expertise, knowledge and research capabilities of four parent departments: English Literature, History, History of Art and Archaeology.
Some of the most exciting developments in medieval studies have resulted from archaeologists, historians, art historians and literary specialists collaborating in new ways, sharing expertise and insights, and questioning evidence from different perspectives.
By bringing these disciplines together in York, the Centre for Medieval Studies is able to offer a unique interdisciplinary MA in Medieval Studies, which draws on teaching and research resources from across the parent departments.
In addition, the CMS offers modules to single-discipline postgraduate students in:
• Medieval Archaeology
• Medieval History
• History of Art
• Medieval Literatures
• Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management
The CMS is based in the historic King’s Manor in the heart of the medieval city of York. Students are taught by a core of 30 academic staff, as well as emeritus and associate members, including many world-renowned scholars.
It hosts international and national conferences, seminars and workshops, bringing together scholars from around the world to consider specific subjects related to the Middle Ages.
The Centre for Medieval Studies has particular research and teaching strengths in the earlier medieval period (400-1100), the central middle ages (1100-1300) and the later middle ages (1250-1550). Ongoing research encompasses the medieval western world from Scandinavia to Italy, and across the whole chronological span of the Middle Ages.
That enables us to provide teaching and research support in every aspect of medieval life and culture, including late antiquity and the post-Roman transition, the Carolingian world, Anglo-Saxon England, Medieval science, medicine, religion, politics and chivalry, Yorkshire and Northumbria, Old English, Middle English, Old French, Old Norse and Medieval Latin.
There were many benefits to studying in the Centre for Medieval Studies, including the range of expertise held by all the staff, the diversity of students, the almost daily series of research events, seminars, lectures and conferences, and the facilities, particularly being able to work with original manuscripts in the Borthwick Archives.”
Ollie Jones (MA in Medieval Studies 2006-2007)