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MA

Medieval History

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Course description

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.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Research Presentation
  • Approaching the Middle Ages
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Early Medieval Clerical Exemption in a Digital Age
  • The Dawn of Modernity in the Late Middle Ages
  • Writing Late Antique Lives
  • Church, Life, and Law in the Central Middle Ages
  • Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
  • Latin

Teaching

You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Duration

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

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline.

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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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

history.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2552

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