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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

MA in Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Durham University is proud to offer its interdisciplinary taught MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (formerly known as Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Durham has one of the most dynamic and successful concentrations of medievalists and early modern scholars in the whole of the United Kingdom, and in the world; it has superb collections of manuscripts and incunabula, and a wonderful Cathedral archive; its magnificent Cathedral and its Castle make it a World Heritage Site. And the University's Colleges create a particularly welcoming environment for cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural exchanges.

R9K807 Medieval and Early Modern Studies MA Postgraduate Taught  2016

Essentials

Essentials

UCAS code R9K807
Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Start Date October 2016
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/mlac
Email mlac.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3420
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Course Content

Course Content

Description

The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a wide-ranging and thoroughly interdisciplinary programme. Students can specialise in periods from 700-1700 and in disciplines from archaeology to history to literary studies to theology. At the same time, students learn to situate these specialisms within an interdisciplinary perspective, understanding how the materials they study can be complemented by those usually within the purview of a different discipline. While focusing on the ‘medieval’ and the ‘early modern’, the programme also shows students how to subject those terms to appropriate and searching critical scrutiny.

Durham University offers outstanding resources to students on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together scholars and students from departments including Archaeology, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Physics, and Theology. With some fifty researchers, the IMEMS is one of the largest gatherings of scholars in this area in the world. It is a vibrant research community which holds regular seminars and workshops, and has a large and extremely active postgraduate community, whose Medieval and Early Modern Student Association organise regular seminars and conferences. Durham has excellent libraries and archives, at both the University and Cathedral.

Core modules

In 2015, these included:

  • Research Skills for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (30 credits)
  • Issues in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (30 credits)
  • 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Optional modules

Students also choose two optional modules from a wide variety available. In the past topics have included:

  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Anglo-Norman
  • Christian Northumbria humanism
  • Literature in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Palaeography and codicology
  • The Reformation; religion and worship.

Requirements and Admissions

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

Good BA undergraduate degree in a discipline appropriate to the programme.

We will require two academic letters of reference. If these are not uploaded with your application, we will contact your referees directly. It would be useful if you could inform your referees to let them know that they will be approached for references by Durham University.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £6,500.00
Home Student £6,500.00
Island Student £6,500.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

Part Time Fees

EU Student £3,600.00
Home Student £3,600.00
Island Student £3,600.00
International non-EU Student £8,700.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

R9K807 Medieval and Early Modern Studies MA Postgraduate Taught  2017

Essentials

Essentials

Degree MA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Start Date October 2017
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/mlac
Email mlac.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3420
Download Download as a PDF

Course Content

Course Content

Description

The MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a wide-ranging and thoroughly interdisciplinary programme. Students can specialise in periods from 700-1700 and in disciplines from archaeology to history to literary studies to theology. At the same time, students learn to situate these specialisms within an interdisciplinary perspective, understanding how the materials they study can be complemented by those usually within the purview of a different discipline. While focusing on the ‘medieval’ and the ‘early modern’, the programme also shows students how to subject those terms to appropriate and searching critical scrutiny.

Durham University offers outstanding resources to students on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies brings together scholars and students from departments including Archaeology, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Physics, and Theology. With some fifty researchers, the IMEMS is one of the largest gatherings of scholars in this area in the world. It is a vibrant research community which holds regular seminars and workshops, and has a large and extremely active postgraduate community, whose Medieval and Early Modern Student Association organise regular seminars and conferences. Durham has excellent libraries and archives, at both the University and Cathedral.

Core modules

In 2016, these included:

  • Research Skills for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (30 credits)
  • Issues in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (30 credits)
  • 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Optional modules

Students also choose two optional modules from a wide variety available. In the past modules have included:

  • Artefact Studies
  • Anglo-Saxon Societies and Cultures
  • Old Norse
  • Warrior Poets in Heroic Societies
  • Middle English Manuscripts and Texts
  • Narrative Transformations: Medieval Romance to Renaissance Epic
  • Christian Northumbria 600-800
  • History, Knowledge and Visual Culture
  • Contact and Conflict: Texts and Cultures
  • Renaissance Humanism
  • Palaeography: Scribes, Script and History from Anquity to Renaissance
  • Power and Society in the Late Middle Ages
  • Negotiating Life in the Early Modern World
  • Courts and Power in Early Modern Europe and the New World
  • Latin for Research
  • Work and Play in Early Modern Europe. 

Requirements and Admissions

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

Good BA undergraduate degree in a discipline appropriate to the programme.

We will require two academic letters of reference. If these are not uploaded with your application, we will contact your referees directly. It would be useful if you could inform your referees to let them know that they will be approached for references by Durham University.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £6,900.00
Home Student £6,900.00
Island Student £6,900.00
International non-EU Student £16,500.00

Part Time Fees

EU Student £3,800.00
Home Student £3,800.00
Island Student £3,800.00
International non-EU Student £9,100.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

Funding Opportunities

click here to find out what postgraduate funding is available within the Arts & Humanites Faculty and how you can apply for it.