The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at the University of Kent offers a successful, interdisciplinary MA programme which attracts students from across the world. A thriving community of 80 enterprising, supportive graduate students study for research degrees and benefit from the Centre’s involvement in the prestigious EU-funded Erasmus Mundus doctoral programme, 'Text and Event in Early Modern Europe' (TEEME). Based in the historic city of Canterbury, we have close relationships with Canterbury Cathedral and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust which allow our students access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material evidence.
Why study here?
Our highly-regarded MA programme provides excellent skills training, along with diverse study options and an inspiring and supportive environment for postgraduate research.
Here are some of the key reasons why we attract many students, both nationally and internationally:
An interdisciplinary approach
Our interdisciplinary approach combines intellectual breadth and specialist depth with the aim of encouraging academic excellence.
A historic location
The historic city of Canterbury is an important focus for literary, religious, archaeological and architectural study. All the Centre's students have access to the resources at Canterbury Cathedral, including the archives and library. Rochester Cathedral Library and the Kent History and Library Centre at Maidstone are other valuable local resources. The major collections in London are less than an hour away by train, and thanks to the Channel Tunnel, Paris and other European cities are within easy reach.
Key research skills
Our Masters programme emphasizes the acquisition of key research skills such as palaeography, codicology and Latin, which are also available to research students.
A vibrant research culture
Our weekly interdisciplinary research seminars are the cornerstone of a vibrant research culture, with thought-provoking papers from both internal and external speakers providing the occasion for lively discussion. There are opportunities throughout the year for students to present their own research to the Student Forum and at conferences.
Excellent library Collections
The University's Templeman Library is well stocked with relevant scholarly editions and studies, and the Special Collections section includes a significant number of facsimile manuscripts. Its library of John Crow includes early printed books, several hundred photocopies of scarce texts from the English literary Renaissance, and a large collection of textual material centred on works of Victorian and early twentieth-century scholarship. Nearby is the library of the Franciscan Studies Centre, housing an unusually wide collection of works in theology and church history.
A friendly Centre
Relationships in the Centre are friendly and informal, encouraging the exchange of ideas and enabling students to develop intellectual confidence.
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