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

Course Overview

Our Medieval Studies MA gives you the opportunity to draw on the expertise of eight different departments across Arts & Humanities and to study the medieval period from a variety of different perspectives.

In addition to a huge choice of options, we offer a module taught in partnership with the British Museum, drawing on its world-famous collection. Our wide-ranging course allows you to build a programme of study that reflects your own particular interests and to develop a specialism exploring a theme or topic in your master's dissertation.

Key benefits:

  • Unrivalled location, gives students access to major libraries, institutes and societies for medievalists.
  • Flexible combination of core skills and training modules.
  • Unique range of specialist options, allowing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study.

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in an arts subject.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme



Course content

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

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Visual & Verbal in Medieval Culture (20 credits)
  • Dissertation Medieval Studies (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Visual and Verbal in Medieval Culture in your first year, and your dissertation in your second. You will split your optional modules over two years. For example, you may take three optional modules in your first year and two in your second.

Optional Modules:

In addition you are required to take five modules (totalling 100 credits) from a list that typically includes:

  • Arthurian Tradition in Literature & History (20 credits)
  • Art as a Theological Medium (20 credits)
  • Books & Bodies (20 credits)
  • Byzantium & the West (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Medieval (20 credits)
  • Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance (20 credits)
  • Devotional Use of Art in Christianity (20 credits)
  • Digital Approaches to Literature (20 credits)
  • Exile & Identity: Jews of Muslim & Christian Spain (20 credits)
  • Feudal Revolution (20 credits)
  • Food & Drink in Medieval England (20 credits)
  • Foundations & Records of English Royal Government 800-1300 (20 credits)
  • The History of Medieval Women (20 credits)
  • History of Script in Britain (20 credits)
  • The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (40 credits)
  • Languages of Politics: Italy 1250-1500 (20 credits)
  • Latin for Graduates: Intermediate (20 credits)
  • Latin for Graduates: Beginners (20 credits)
  • Law & Society from Constantine to Charlemagne (20 credits)
  • Living in Byzantium I (20 credits)
  • Living in Byzantium II (20 credits)
  • Magna Carta & the Medieval Monarchy (20 credits)
  • Material Culture of the Book (20 credits)
  • Medieval Latin Literature (20 credits)
  • Medieval Music from the Sources (20 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (20 credits)
  • Medieval Slavery (20 credits)
  • Middle English Textual Cultures (20 credits)
  • Official & Unofficial Religion (20 credits)
  • One God, One Sea: Byzantium & Islam, 600-800 (20 credits)
  • Palaeography (20 credits)
  • Pre-modern Dialogues (20 credits)
  • The Troubadours & their Legacy (20 credits)

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


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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.

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