Medieval British Studies (MA)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
To study medieval Britain through history, archaeology, literature and religious studies, giving training and expertise for many careers including PhD programmes, the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research and publishing.
- The MA in Medieval British Studies, based within the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, is taught by medievalists from several schools within the University.
The MA in Medieval British Studies is a self-regulated year of further study, and provides a preparatory year for PhD candidates. It gives a thorough grounding in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project. Consisting partly of taught courses and partly of independent research, it draws together expertise in Medieval History, Archaeology, English and Welsh to offer a challenging programme of study.
Teaching and research are tailored to the interests of individual students. The flexible degree structure permits the content of options to vary from year to year, reflecting student interests.
Assessment is via essays or a combination of coursework and written examination, depending on the modules chosen.
Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:
- 20 credit module on Research Skills and Methods
- 20 credit module on Approaches to Medieval History
- 20 credits of languages
- 60 credits of option modules selected by the student
- 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff)
Please see the History website for more course and module information.
On completion of the MA students will be able to:
- communicate ideas and arguments effectively
- formulate and justify arguments and conclusions, presenting appropriate supporting evidence
- an ability to modify as well as to defend their own position
- an ability to think critically and challenge assumptions
- an ability to use a range of information technology resources to assist with information retrieval and assignment presentation
- time management skills and an ability to work independently and organise their own study methods and workload
- presentation skills to present their work to the rest of the team and to wider audiences
- work effectively with others as part of a team or group in seminar or tutorial discussions
Graduates of this degree programme have gone on to PhD programmes or into jobs in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), publishing and banking.
1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in History, English, Welsh, Archaeology and related humanities and social science disciplines.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
How to Apply
Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service. Please select the MA Medieval British Studies option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.
For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding website.
Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme
This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding. It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University. Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.
UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Gerwin Strobl
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5653
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4929