York is the leading centre in the UK for masters level medieval study. The international reputation of our staff means that our medieval MA courses are some of the most popular and sought after in the world.
Our MA in Medieval History will enable you to explore new approaches to the history of medieval Britain and Europe. You will have a chance to acquire new knowledge, as well as to develop valuable skills alongside extensive training in research technique and methodology.
Studying Medieval History in York will give you an unparalleled opportunity to get acquainted with rich local resources, including manuscripts, documents, coins, buildings and material culture. You'll benefit from a wealth of expertise on the medieval period and be challenged to think critically about source material.
You'll quickly feel part of the lively supportive postgraduate community in the Department of History and the Centre for Medieval Studies. We encourage you to attend seminars, conferences and research training sessions throughout the year.
History at York has been ranked 2nd in the UK for the quality, significance and impact of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
QS ranks our Department of History as one of the best in the world
Our skills modules are unique to our courses, and will give you practical knowledge of professional research methods.
The course consists of:
In the Autumn Term, you'll complete the core module and one option module and you will begin the study of Latin and palaeography.
The research training module runs over the Autumn and Spring Terms.
In the Spring Term, you'll complete one further option module and your two skills training modules.
Perspectives on Medieval History (20 credits) in the Autumn Term introduces you to a diverse range of themes and areas of debate within the study of medieval history. You will develop a familiarity with the source materials used by historians as well as the analytical and interpretative methods necessary for your own research.
Research Training (10 credits) will prepare you for your dissertation. It provides you with essential training in graduate-level research skills: selecting and shaping a research topic, project management, locating appropriate primary and secondary sources and analysing and presenting your findings.
Palaeography (10 credits) will enable you to accurately transcribe manuscripts and documents of your chosen period, to understand when, how and why such texts were produced and to understand the circumstances and conventions associated with their production and preservation.
Latin (beginner or intermediate) (10 credits) will give you a sound grasp of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and will help you to read and translate texts of varying difficulty. We assume that most students will have little or no prior knowledge of Latin and the teaching programme caters fully to the needs of complete beginners as well as those with some acquaintance with the subject.
You'll choose two taught option modules (20 credits each).
We offer the following option modules focussing on the Medieval period:
The Centre for Medieval Studies provides a number of modules for Medieval Studies students. Medieval History students may be able to study one of these modules, subject to availability.
You will also be able to choose from other option modules in the department:
Please note that these option modules are provisional and may be subject to change.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
During the Summer Term and the summer vacation, you will write a research dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice. You'll start planning for your dissertation in the Autumn Term, supported by the Research Training module.
For your dissertation, you will be advised by a member of the Department of History, with a programme of regular meetings and feedback. Our range of expertise and wealth of source material means we can provide supervision on a wide range of topics, both chronologically and geographically:
|Part-time (2 years)|
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,580||£16,780|
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
There is no obligation to purchase books or other texts - all core texts and resources will be available in our library or online.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
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Most of your modules will consist of weekly two-hour seminars. The Research Training module will be taught through three-hour workshops. You will normally work in small groups of fewer than 20 students.
You will be based in the Department of History in Vanbrugh College on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in or close to Vanbrugh College.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be primarily assessed by essays and your dissertation. You will have the chance to submit assignments for formative assessment, enabling you to get and use feedback before the final summative assessment.
An MA in Medieval History will prepare you for a diverse range of careers. The degree is equally suitable for students who wish to pursue doctoral research or careers in teaching, public history, archives, or for those with enthusiasm for the subject but do not yet have a clear career direction.
While completing your MA, you will gain essential skills in research, presentation and analysis. The skills training modules will provide you with additional, specialist skills in areas of your choice.
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers:
We typically ask for a 2:1 degree in History or a related discipline.
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