University of Edinburgh

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

MSc Medieval History


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Medieval History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

On this programme, you will explore the fascinating history of Europe in the period between AD 400 and 1500 and develop your own specialised interests.

Through small, seminar-based classes, and specialised training you will develop knowledge of the principal categories of surviving evidence and the technical skills needed to understand them. You will also learn the value of an interdisciplinary approach to medieval research with opportunities to enrol for relevant courses in other parts of the University.

With more than 70 members of academic staff attached to our cross-disciplinary Centre for  Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS), Edinburgh is a wonderful environment for medieval scholarship. World-class resources will be on hand to aid your studies, most notably the impressive combined collections of the National Library of Scotland and the University’s Main Library.


You will choose a variety of courses over two semesters. These 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 final, and single most significant element, of the programme is the dissertation which is begun in the second semester.


Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced  qualification valued and respected by many employers; others are interested in pursuing long-term academic careers and therefore consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD.

The combination of skills training courses, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose. Graduates pursue work in related areas such as museums, policy think-tanks, national and international civil services, non-governmental organisations, galleries, libraries and historic trusts whilst others build on the transferable skills gained and enter areas as diverse as business, media, public administration and marketing.


  • Our reputation for excellence - The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. We’re a world top 25 university (QS World University Ranking 2018) and rank third in the UK for the combined quality and size of our History research (REF 2014).
  • Our diverse and welcoming community - In the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, our graduate community of over 300 students is international, making the School the ideal environment in which to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals. We have an active academic and social life involving regular workshops, seminars, conferences and symposia across all three subject areas, as well as many informal gatherings and events.
  • Our historic city - Edinburgh offers a historical heart with a thriving, modern culture and is consistently voted the most desirable place to live in Britain. Based in the Old Town in a splendid historical building, our School is a thriving, vibrant hub of intellectual and cultural life.


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Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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