Programme description

The Medieval Literatures and Cultures MSc at Edinburgh is a flexible programme, allowing for either a specifically literary focus or a broader ranging and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages.

Edinburgh hosts a thriving medieval research culture. This flexible programme gives you the chance to draw on the broad range of academic expertise you’ll find here, and take advantage of the seminar series and other resources offered by our Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

You will gain a grounding in the advanced literary study of the European Middle Ages and the principles of manuscript study. Through option courses and a research project, you will have the opportunity to deepen your particular medieval interests, drawing on our strengths in the languages and literature of medieval Europe, from medieval French and Latin to, for example, old Norse, old Irish and Middle English.

You will also have access to the impressive collections of the University, the National Library of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Archives and the National Galleries.

Programme structure

You will take part in seminars and workshops, carried out over two semesters, followed by your independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Reading the Middle Ages
  • Working with Pre-Modern Manuscripts

Option courses include those from the fields of history, Scottish studies, art history and divinity, as well as a variety of European literature. Courses may include:

  • The Sources of Medieval History
  • Global Encounters in Medieval Art
  • Medieval Men and Masculinities
  • Chivalry and Crusade in Medieval France
  • Medieval Welsh Literature
  • Old Norse

Learning outcomes

You will gain a grounding in the concepts and genres that are key to the advanced literary study of the European Middle Ages, and be introduced to the principles of manuscript study. The option courses and independent dissertation enable you to develop and deepen your particular medieval interests.

Career opportunities

The flexibility of focus this programme offers makes it an ideal foundation for advanced study, potentially leading to an academic career. Teaching or curatorship roles in cultural institutions are alternative career pathways, while the transferable skills you gain in communication, project management and presentation will prove a valuable asset to employers in any field.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Some study of the Middle Ages is desirable, but not essential.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration,
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module),
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module),
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections),
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module),
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

Program taught in:
English
French
Latin
Irish
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 9, 2019
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part-time
Full-time
Price
21,600 GBP
(Home/EU full-time: £10,700 - part-time: £5,350 ------ Overseas/International full-time: £21,600 - part-time: £10,800)
Deadline
July 31, 2019
We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.
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