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MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Explore the literatures, histories, and cultures of the European Middle Ages and Early Modern periods.

MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:     

http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/applying/

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Pursue your interest in the literatures, histories and cultures of the European Middle Ages and Early Modern periods.
  • Benefit from our lively research culture, with talks, seminars and conferences that you will be able to attend alongside your taught courses.
  • Enjoy unparalleled access to the expert staff and Special Collections of The John Rylands Library and the John Rylands Research Institute.
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Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Open days

The School's next Open Day will be held on the afternoon of  Wednesday, 8 May . The event will enable you to:

  • Discover more about course content through subject specific talks or taster sessions.

  • Meet academics and current students and find out more about life as a postgraduate student at Manchester.

  • Explore available funding options and find out how to apply.

  • Take a tour of our dedicated Graduate School and our award-winning cultural venues.

  • Find out more about our world-leading research.

Please Register via our Eventbrite page .

If you have any questions about the event, please  contact us  at MASALC@manchester.ac.uk or by phoning 0161 306 1259.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of  School awards  and  Subject-specific bursaries  (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

The  Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence  offers up to 100 fee waiver scholarships worth £2,000 each to high-achieving undergraduates from any UK University with an offer to study a Master's degree in the School.

For University of Manchester graduates, the  Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2019 entry.

The  Manchester Master's Bursary  is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

Postgraduate 1+3 funding  is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
PG Taught Admissions
Telephone
+44(0)161 306 1259
Email
Website
https://www.mems.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

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Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should hold at least a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:     

http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/applying/

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Advice to applicants

Please note that this course teaches during business hours and does not offer distance learning.

The part-time mode of attendance aims to concentrate contact time onto two days.

How your application is considered

Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application.

We therefore strongly recommend you include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.

If your academic background is not directly related to the programme, you should supply an academic-standard writing sample on a subject related to the programme.

If English is not your native language, then you should provide an academic-standard writing sample in English directly related to the subject.

For the specific requirements of each programme in the School, please visit our Applying page.

Course details

Course description

Our MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies master's course will give you the opportunity to pursue your interest in the literatures, histories and cultures of the European Middle Ages and Early Modern periods.

Research in this area has a long and distinguished history at The University of Manchester. We have a lively research culture, which takes place with the support of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS).

All MA students are members of MEMS for the duration of their studies, and are welcome to attend talks, seminars and conferences, in addition to taught courses.

You will also be able to draw on the expertise of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research at the John Rylands Research Institute, where the course is based.

The John Rylands Library houses exceptional medieval and early-modern treasures and offers many exciting research and study opportunities.

Staff teaching on this MA represent the disciplines of History, Art History and Visual Studies, English, Religions and Theology, Classics, and European Languages.

Two pathways are available for students who wish to extend their knowledge in a particular chronological direction: Medieval, and Early Modern.

Learn more about studying Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Manchester on the MEMS website or contact the Programme Director, Professor David Matthews ( david.matthews@manchester.ac.uk ).

Teaching and learning

Depending on the units you take, you will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including seminars, lectures, workshops and e-learning.

The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies teaches the MA in conjunction with the John Rylands Research Institute.

Coursework and assessment

Summative assessment is primarily via extended pieces of written work: the dissertation of around 15,000 words, long essays of around 4,000-6,000 words, and a variety of shorter pieces for palaeography or language classes.

There is a pass mark of 50% for all assignments. Marks over 60% are given as merit and over 70% as distinction.

In addition, depending on the units selected, formative assessment may be based on oral presentation, class discussion, and feedback on written draft material.

Assessment varies from course unit to course unit; full details of the assessment procedure for individual units can be obtained from the course director.

Those who only attain 120 credits (out of 180) will be awarded a PGDip in Medieval Studies.

Course unit details

Compulsory units

These include the compulsory core course units and research training units, and are taken by students on all pathways.

These units (details below in the course unit list) are designed to introduce you to the basics of interdisciplinary analysis, and to research training skills appropriate to the scope of the course.

'From Papyrus to Print: The History of the Book' and 'Reading the Middle Ages and Early Modern period: Palaeography, Codicology and Sources' are taught in the magnificent surroundings of the John Rylands Library, with the support of specialist library staff.

You will get the opportunity to view and handle rare books and manuscripts from across the entire period. The aim is to consider all aspects of book production, from the roll to the codex and from script to print, as well as the uses (practical and symbolic) of texts in medieval culture.

You will be introduced to a range of medieval sources and recent theoretical approaches to archival research, and learn methodological skills, such as palaeography and codicology.

'Perspectives in Medieval and Early Modern Studies' aims to explore the methodological, historiographical and analytical choices that shape our study of the medieval and early modern periods.

Highlighting the variety of disciplinary approaches that are in use in current scholarship, this unit will investigate a series of relevant themes within the field, and will be taught by specialists in a range of fields.

You will be encouraged to question issues of historical periodisation, the benefits of interdisciplinarity, and how an intellectual framework for the study of the medieval and early modern periods may be conceptualised.

Optional units

You will be able to take 60 credits of optional units. These options range widely over the history, literature, art and material culture of the medieval and early modern world.

You may also take Latin or Old/Middle English (15-30 credits) - appropriate level taken to be discussed with the Programme Director, in consultation with the relevant department.

Options to take other languages, such as Hebrew, Arabic, or Greek can be considered, in consultation with the Programme Director. You can take no more than 30 language credits.

Medieval Pathway:

Of the optional units selected, 15 credits must clearly be of relevance to the medieval period.

Early Modern Pathway:

Of the optional units selected, 15 credits must clearly be of relevance to the early modern period.

You may choose other relevant options from other subject areas, subject to approval by the relevant course directors. Details of new available options will appear here. Please check again in June, or contact the course director.

Dissertation

The dissertation allows you to research a topic of your choice (60 credits). Students on all pathways must complete a dissertation.

Medieval Pathway:

The dissertation topic selected must lie within the medieval period.

Early Modern Pathway:

The dissertation topic selected must lie within the early modern period.

If you have any further academic queries, please email Professor David Matthews ( david.matthews@manchester.ac.uk ).

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Perspectives on Medieval and Renaissance Studies SALC70031 30 Mandatory
Reading the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Palaeography, Codicology, and Sources SALC70042 15 Mandatory
From Papyrus to Print: The History of the Book SALC72111 15 Mandatory
The English Baroque: Architecture and Society 1660-1730 AHCP30011 20 Optional
Women and Art in Italy 1280-1530 AHCP61031 15 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CAHE70171 15 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CAHE70182 15 Optional
Shakespeare: Theory and the Archive ENGL60492 15 Optional
Wondrous Transformations: Translating the Medieval Past ENGL60872 15 Optional
Old English: Writing the Unreadable Past ENGL61161 15 Optional
Wonders, Miracles & Supernatural Landscapes in Medieval & Early Modern Europe HIST63192 15 Optional
Club Med? How Mediterranean Empires Went Global HIST64192 15 Optional
The Secret Life of Objects HIST65172 15 Optional
Jews among Christians and Muslims RELT71152 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 14 course units

Additional fee information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

What our students say

My favourite part of the course has been the chance to work with medieval manuscripts in the John Rylands Library.

We have been able to handle manuscripts ranging from ninth century Ottonian Bibles and 13th century Italian copies of classical law books to beautifully illuminated Humanist manuscripts.

I think the MA has been an excellent course for preparing me to undertake a PhD in medieval history.

Because of the regular written and oral assessments, and with the constructive feedback received in the marking process, I have significantly improved my ability to express my ideas to a wide audience both in writing and orally.

Tom Quigley

Facilities

Manchester is home to a wealth of archives, libraries, museums and research institutions to help with your studies and research, including the John Rylands Library and Chetham's Library.

Learn more on the Facilities page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

This course is designed to equip you with the critical skills and tools necessary for research in the history, literatures, and art of the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods.

Many of these theoretical and methodological skills are highly transferable, making our graduates popular with a wide range of employers.

Having the opportunity to work in close contact with the collections of the John Rylands Library makes our course particularly suitable if you are considering a future in heritage management, library, archive, or museum work, art business, or education.

In addition to these professional career paths, other students go on to study for a PhD, with the degree proving an excellent basis for an academic career.

The University has an award-winning Careers Service that provides ample opportunities for career development, whether through attending courses, or acquiring specific individual guidance.