The MSc in Medieval History offers the opportunity to pursue a wide range of historical interests in small, seminar-based classes, led by scholars actively engaged in research and publication in their particular fields. Optional courses within the subject area, or as part of other medieval programmes at the University, range widely in terms of chronology (Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance), geography (the western fringes of Dark Age Europe to the eastern Mediterranean) and methodology. A flexible programme structure also allows development of the specialised medieval palaeographic and language skills required for research at doctoral level.
The programme can be undertaken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). Courses are divided into three key groups, and candidates must take at least one course from each of these groups.
1. Core Course: The Sources of Medieval History
2. Skills: usually Latin, but other medieval language options may be taken
3. Options: A variety of seminar based courses reflecting the research specialisms of the medieval historians and their colleagues in other schools.
The dissertation is an independent, primary source-based research project supervised by one or more members of the academic staff. Dissertation topics are individually tailored and developed in consultation with a dissertation supervisor. Recent examples include; Architecture, space and power on the Welsh frontier, 1066 - c. 1150, History and hagiography: The case of Eadmer of Canterbury and National identity in the Wars of Independence.
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