MA Medieval Studies

University of Bristol
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Programme overview

This genuinely interdisciplinary programme offers an innovative way of studying the vibrant culture and society of the Middle Ages. As a student, you benefit from research-led teaching and skills-based training across a wide variety of disciplines, including history, literature, languages, manuscript studies (palaeography and codicology), music, religion, classics and digital humanities.

Beyond the University, you can draw on the important archival, architectural and heritage resources of the city of Bristol – the medieval gateway to Europe – and the south-west region more widely. This means you have the unique opportunity to gain practical work experience with one of the University's partners in the cultural and heritage industries, training you as a professional medievalist with key transferable and employability skills for careers within and beyond academia.

At Bristol, you have access to one of the most prolific centres for medieval studies in the UK, comprising more than 30 staff members and approximately 20 postgraduate research students (MPhil/PhD) each year, who together form a lively and dynamic interdisciplinary community.

Every year, the Bristol Centre for Medieval Studies hosts a large number of research seminars, lectures and public talks. Many of the staff teaching on the programme are active members of the centre, and have an international reputation for research and teaching in their respective fields.

Fees for 2019/20

UK/EU: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

Programme structure

Teaching block one: you are required to take two 20-credit core units, and one 20-credit optional unit that reflects your particular disciplinary or subject-specific interests. Optional units are chosen from a list of special subject-type units available that year across the Faculty of Arts.

Teaching block two: you are required to take one 20-credit core unit and two 20-credit optional units. For one of these two optional units, you may choose to undertake a work placement. This will give you the opportunity to put theory into practice and work on a designated project with a partner organisation from the cultural and heritage industries.

Finally, you will complete either a 60-credit dissertation or a practice-led project. The practice-led project will be in the form of, or accompanied by, a critical reflective commentary, which could stem from and further develop your work placement, if taken.

In essence, you will create your own pathway through the programme by acquiring both academic and professional skills in line with your personal career aspirations.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Medieval Studies.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities or social sciences discipline. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

English language requirements

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Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who complete this programme are well placed to go into a career in either the academic sector or the cultural and heritage industries.

The programme’s focus is on the acquisition of practical and transferable skills for professional medievalists, including research skills, languages, manuscript study (palaeography and codicology), archival study and heritage preservation, which together will equip graduates for research degrees or employment in culturally-oriented industries outside of academia.

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

REF 2014 results

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Bristol , United Kingdom