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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

Degree MA
Year of Entry 2016
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3420
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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.

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.

How to apply

English Language requirements

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Information relevant to your country


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

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Funding Opportunities

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