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MA Medieval History

Programme code:MA-MDVHIS-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr James Doherty Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

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:


Programme specification:

The MA in Medieval History provides students with both a generic training in the key skills required of a professional historian, and a detailed knowledge in a range of areas relevant to Medieval history as a sub-discipline of history.

At the end of the programme students should have attained a level of professional competency and confidence sufficient to conduct independent, unsupervised, high quality research in their area of specialism. They will have acquired the research skills and standards required for locating, processing, analysing and communicating historical material, and in particular will have been equipped with research skills in Latin, palaeography and the interpretation of medieval source material. Throughout the programmes students will benefit from the advantages of working with specialist teachers and supervisors in a large research-led department, and access to the superb library facilities.

The School of History achieved a 5 rating in the last Research Assessment Exercise, and its programme is notable for both the chronological and geographical range of the specialisms it offers, and students can also, by arrangement, take modules offered by other colleagues through the centre for medieval studies, an interdisciplinary centre and one of the largest groups of medievalists in the UK.

Leeds University's Brotherton library houses one of the largest research collections in Britain and has especially extensive holdings of published works in medieval British and European history, particularly cartularies. This gives an excellent resource base for dissertations. In addition there are buses from campus to the nearby British Library branch at Boston Spa, and there is ready access to the Leeds Public Library, the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the West Yorkshire Archives Service.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

The requirement for all students will normally be 60 credits in Medieval language(s), at least 30 credits of which will include MEDV5000M or MEDV5001M. Candidates who test (by examination) as research-capable in Medieval Latin will take at least 30 credits in Medieval language(s). Further guidance can be sought from the Programme Director.

HIST5465MDissertation (Medieval History)30 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
MEDV5000MIntroduction to Medieval Latin30 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5001MIntermediate Medieval Latin30 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5110MResearch Methods and Bibliography15 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5120MPalaeography: Reading Medieval Manuscripts15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

At least one module has to be from the HIST list.
The other can be from the MEDV list.

Candidates will be required to study at least 30 credits from the following optional modules:

HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HIST5028MBede's Northumbria30 creditsSemester 2
HIST5029MGender, Sex, and Love: Byzantium and the West, 900-120030 creditsNot running in 201920
HIST5870MChristian Society and the Crusades, 1185-123030 creditsSemester 1
HIST5875MLifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages30 creditsSemester 2
MEDV5026MCoinage, Power and Identity in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages30 creditsSemester 1

Students can take 30 credits from the MEDV modules below:

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 creditsNot running in 201920
MEDV5335MThe Holy Land under the Franks: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and its Enemies, 1099-118730 creditsNot running in 201920
MEDV5340MMedieval Bodies30 creditsSemester 1
MEDV5345MPreaching History: Understanding Sermons as Literature and Historical Source30 creditsNot running in 201920

Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. The School will not normally expect to run modules with fewer than two students.

Last updated: 04/09/2019


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