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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Medieval Studies

Programme code:MA-MDVL12UCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Iona McCleery Contact address:i.mccleery@leeds.ac.uk

A part time version of this programme is available (programme code MA-MDVL24-PT). Please contact Dr Iona McCleery for further details.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- Applicants should have, or expect to graduate with, the equivalent of a good BA Honours degree.
- Previous specialisation in some aspect of Medieval Studies is an advantage.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of History

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School Of History

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Not applicable, since this is an interdisciplinary programme, and does not correspond to any QAA benchmark group.

Programme specification:

The programme will enable students to develop:
- a European and interdisciplinary perspective on the Middle Ages
- high-level critical and analytical skills
- the mental agility to absorb and synthesise material from a range of disciplines.

It will prepare students to carry out independent research at a high level and give students the opportunity to make links with related professional organisations, including the Royal Armouries, Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey House Museum, and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

By the point of successful completion of the MA, students will have acquired:
- reading knowledge of one or more of the languages read and spoken internationally in Medieval Europe
- technical skills in a relevant area
- technical bibliographical skills necessary to produce high-level research in Medieval Studies
- the ability to identify and investigate the main issues in a large topic
- the ability to develop reasoned arguments fully supported by primary and secondary evidence.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

- To pass the MA, a student needs to have a credit-weighted average mark of 50 or above, taking into account all 180 credits.
- To pass the MA with merit, a student needs to have a credit-weighted average mark of 60 or above, taking into account all 180 credits.
- To pass the MA with Distinction, a student needs to have a credit-weighted average mark of 70 or above, taking into account all 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
Students will normally take both MEDV5000M or MEDV5001M, although the following caveats apply:
(a) Candidates who test (by examination) as research-capable in Medieval Latin must take at least 30 credits in Medieval language(s) and either MEDV5020M or a vernacular language.
(b) Students who test as beginners may take MEDV5000M only, and in addition, 30 credits in one medieval vernacular language.
(c) Students who test as beginners and wish to take both MEDV5000M and MEDV50001M may take a vernacular language, in lieu of an option module.
Further guidance can be sought from the Programme Director.

MEDV5000MIntroduction to Medieval Latin30 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5001MIntermediate Medieval Latin30 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5110MResearch Methods and Bibliography15 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5120MPalaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts15 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5145MMedieval Studies Dissertation30 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates may take 30-60 credits from the language modules listed below:

MEDV5005MMedieval German Language30 creditsNot running in 201718
MEDV5007MOld and Middle French30 creditsNot running in 201718
MEDV5020MAdvanced Medieval Latin30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MEDV5235MMedieval English30 creditsNot running in 201718
MEDV5245MOld Norse30 creditsSemester 2

Candidates are required to study 30-90 credits from the following modules, except those who meet caveat (c) in the field above. Further guidance can be sought from the Programme Director:

MEDV5250MVikings, Saxons and Heroic Culture30 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5260MWarfare in the Age of the Crusades (1095-1204)30 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5281MHow to be a Saint in the Middle Ages: Saints' Cults and their impact on culture and society (500-1500)30 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5295MReligious Communities and the Individual Experience of Religion, 1200-150030 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5330MThe Medieval Tournament: Combat and Spectacle in Western Europe, 1100-160030 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5335MThe Holy Land under the Franks: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and its Enemies, 1099-118730 creditsNot running in 201718
MEDV5340MMedieval Bodies30 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5346MPreaching History: Understanding Sermons as Literary Genre and Historical Source30 creditsNot running in 201718

Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. Modules will not usually run with fewer than two students.

Candidates may take up to 60 credits from the following modules:

ARTF5012MThe Margins of Medieval Art30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5071MEncountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5073MThe Origins of Postcolonial England30 creditsSemester 1
ENGL5211MCulture and Identity in the Later Fourteenth Century30 credits 
ENGL5216MOld and New Beliefs in Medieval Scandinavia: From Pagan to Christian30 credits 
ENGL5217MArthurian Legend: Medieval to Modern30 creditsSemester 1
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5028MBede's Northumbria30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5029MGender, Sex, and Love: Byzantium and the West, 900-120030 creditsSemester 2
HIST5875MLifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages30 creditsSemester 2

Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. Modules will not usually run with fewer than two students.

Elective modules:

Last updated: 20/04/2017

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