Applications procedure

Who can apply?

Part of what makes the CMS such a stimulating place to study is the wide variety of backgrounds of its staff and students. Recognising this variety, we aim to consider each application sympathetically and on its own merits.

Applicants for the MA are normally expected to have a BA degree, with a good classification (a 2:1 or higher) or equivalent Grade Point Average. Information about country-specific qualification requirements can be found on the university’s course finder page.

Previous study of any of the related fields (i.e. history, history of art, literature and archaeology – even in non-medieval periods) is particularly helpful, and the ability to write an academic essay is essential.

While some experience of medieval subjects is helpful, you are not expected to have taken many medieval courses before arriving. Some students come from institutions with few medieval offerings, others discover the Middle Ages only later in their academic or professional careers.

We encourage applications from mature students, perhaps seeking a specialist qualification after some professional experience or wishing to continue their education after an interval. We recognise that such applicants may have fewer conventional qualifications and will work with you to ensure your experience is best reflected in an application.

How do I apply?

If you have any questions or are thinking of applying for the MA or PhD in Medieval Studies, please email Gillian Galloway (, or write to her at: Centre for Medieval Studies, King’s Manor, University of York, YO1 7EP.

Gillian will ensure that you get the advice you need about how to proceed, based on your particular circumstances.

Applications for taught and research programmes should be made via “Select” (our online application service). Your application can be completed in stages, as our system allows you to save your progress and come back to finish it later.

  MA in Medieval Studies

  MA in Medieval Literatures and Languages

  PhD in Medieval Studies

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by submitting a paper application form. Please note that when you make a paper application, our response times will be significantly longer, so we encourage you to apply online.

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