United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our master's offers an exciting opportunity to study medieval history at a world-class university, internationally recognised as a centre of excellence with expertise spanning the whole of the Middle Ages, from the late Roman Empire to the beginning of the Renaissance, spanning Britain and continental Europe.

Our optional modules cover a wide range or approaches to the period, inlcuding economic, social, political and legal history, and the history of political thought. We are particularly proud of our offering in Latin and palaeography, which provide students with grounding in the practical skills of medievalists.

Our master's leads to careers in teaching, archives, the media, finance, politics and heritage industries and prepares students for PhD study.

Key benefits:

  • Taught in one of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the top six departments of history in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2018/19).
  • International centre of excellence for the study of medieval history with nine full-time medieval history specialists in the department.
  • The central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.
  • Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.
  • Our distinctive skills training includes Medieval Latin at beginners', intermediate and advanced levels taught by a medieval Latinist and a full palaeography course including the history of medieval script.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in history or related subjects such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Materials & Methods (20 credits)
  • Palaeography (20 credits)
  • Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates (Intermediate) (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Materials and Methods and Latin for Graduates or Latin for Graduates, along with two optional modules, in your first year. In your second year, you will take Palaeography and your Dissertation, along with a final optional module.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Food and Drink in Medieval England (20 credits)
  • Magna Carta & Medieval Monarchy (20 credits)
  • Money in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
  • Carolingian Literature: Politics & Imagination in an Age of Anxiety (20 credits)
  • The History of Medieval Women (20 credits)
  • The Language of Politics: Italy 1250-1500 (20 credits)
  • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800 (20 credits)
  • Up to 40 credits from a range of master's level modules offered outside the Department, including those offered at other institutions (intercollegiately), subject to the course convenor's approval.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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