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