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Approaches to an Interdisciplinary Methodology - MST00004M

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  • Department: Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steve Ashby
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

This is the Core module of the MA in Medieval Studies. It is composed of two components: one developing a student’s grasp of an unfamiliar academic discipline, the second developing interdisciplinary approaches to a medieval topic. The selection of topics on offer changes each year.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This core module for the MA in Medieval Studies is designed to introduce students to at least one new discipline and, progressively, to interdisciplinary research and its methodologies, as well as to the practicalities, challenges and pleasures of post-graduate level independent research. It will also provide training in producing academic posters and presentation techniques.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness of, and understanding of the value of interdisciplinary study

  • communicate knowledge in a concise, visually engaging and effective manner

  • work collaboratively, showing leadership, team-working, time and project management skills

  • design and deliver a presentation to time, based on an academic poster

Module content

Teaching programme

A briefing and a lecture in week 1, two-hour seminars in weeks 2-4 and 6-8, a lecture and workshop in week 5, and a conference in week 11.


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 800 - 1000 word
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback provided to the student on the day of presentation. The module is offered pass/fail.

Indicative reading

Each mini-module will have its own key reading, listed on the VLE site

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.