University of Sheffield

Department of History

MA Medieval History


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Medieval History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of History at the University of Sheffield is one of the largest, most active and successful centres for teaching and historical research both in the UK and internationally. Our academic reputation means that we are ranked third in the UK for ourworld-leading research(Research Excellence Framework 2014) and ranked in the world’s top 100 history departments (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).

We are also part of the prestigious Russell Group, a collective of UK universities committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

Our commitment to teaching is demonstrated by theNational Student Survey 2015, where our students rated us top in the Russell Group both for overall student satisfaction - with a rating of 96% - and for academic support.

Studying History at Sheffield allows you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the Roman period to the modern day, and across the globe.

Our MA degrees are carefully designed to allow you to build a programme that suits your needs: whether you want to progress to postgraduate research, aid your career development or simply expand your knowledge in your chosen area of history.

Aspects of the medieval past exert a continuing fascination in the popular imagination: medieval castles, abbeys and churches are among the most frequently-visited heritage sites in Britain; exhibitions at museums like the V&A attract huge crowds; and there is a seemingly constant audience for representations of the more blood-thirsty aspects of the medieval past on television.

Sheffield’s long and distinguished tradition in medieval history continues today with a group of internationally-renowned scholars working at the cutting-edge of their fields. Current staff interests range from late antiquity to the eve of the Reformation and across Western Europe, both north and south. Particular areas of expertise include urban history; trade and exchange; transnational currents of thought and belief; and household, family and the cultural setting of political authority as well as identity and the linkages between Britain, Europe and the wider world using a variety of thematic and methodological perspectives.

The MA in Medieval History draws on this expertise to provide a fascinating examination of the medieval world. The flexibility of the programme allows you to carry out specialist research under expert supervision, and develop your understanding of the medieval world and skills in using medieval sources, while focusing on the particular skills that are most important to you through our optional modules. You can choose modules that expand your knowledge of the major themes of medieval history; further develop your research skills - undertaking the language and technical training best suited to your research needs; or aid your career development - our public history modules are specifically designed to provide you with skills that will transfer directly to the workplace.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6 in each part), or TOEFL 600 (paper based) or TOEFL 250 (computer based), or TOEFL 100 (iBT), or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP

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