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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Medieval Studies

Programme code:MA-MDVL12UCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Emilia Jamroziak Contact address:E.M.Jamroziak@leeds.ac.uk

A part time version of this programme is available (programme code MA-MDVL24-PT).

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

Optional modules:

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

ARAB5025MTurkish for Beginners30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB5100MArabic For Beginners 130 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB5150MArabic for Beginners 230 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB5175MArabic For Beginners 330 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ARAB5195MPersian for Beginners30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MEDV5020MAdvanced Medieval Latin30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MEDV5235MMedieval English30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MEDV5245MOld Norse30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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

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:

MEDV5282MGender, Power and the Supernatural: Saints and their Cults30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDV5295MReligious Communities and the Individual Experience of Religion, 1200-150030 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MEDV5330MThe Medieval Tournament: Combat and Spectacle in Western Europe, 1100-160030 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDV5340MMedieval Bodies30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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

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

ARAB5070MThe Hadith: History, Criticism and Canonisation30 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF5012MThe Margins of Medieval Art30 creditsNot running in 202122
ARTF5109MPrehuman to Post-Anthropocene30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ARTF5111MArt of the Silk Roads30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5217MArthurian Legend: Medieval to Modern30 creditsNot running in 202122
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

Elective modules:

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