MA Medieval History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A thriving postgraduate community built on world-leading research and imaginative teaching.

The University of Sheffield has a unique relationship with the public. The MA in Medieval History reflects that in its structure, and that reflects on my own desire for a better relationship between history and the public outside of heritage sites and museums. A postgraduate degree from the University of Sheffield puts me on the front line of that ambition.

Martin Smith, MA Medieval History

About the course

Course description 2017

Aspects of the medieval past continue to fascinate the public imagination. Medieval castles, abbeys and churches are some of the most frequently visited heritage sites in Britain, while television programmes about the more bloodthirsty aspects of the period prove consistently popular.

Whatever your particular area of interest, the MA Medieval History allows you to carry out specialist research under expert supervision.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • Approaching the Middle Ages
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Church, Life, and Law in the Central Middle Ages
  • The Dawn of Modernity in the Late Middle Ages
  • Crime and Punishment in Late Antiquity
  • The Transformation of the Roman World
  • Order and Disorder around the year 1000
  • Beginners Latin

Teaching and assessment

You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials. Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Part-time study

All our masters can be taken part-time. Seminars are held during working hours (9am–6pm) – there are no lectures. The number of contact hours will vary over the two years, but you’ll usually have at least one two-hour seminar each week.

You’ll take one core module each year and the rest of your course will be made up from optional modules giving you plenty of choice and flexibility over what you study.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university

You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

University and AHRC Studentships are available. Please contact us or see our website for further details. You'll need to submit your application by the University deadline in March preceding a September entry.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.