Postgraduate taught 

Medieval History MSc/PgDip

Core and optional courses

Core and optional courses

Core course

Research, Resources and Skills for Historians (RRSH) (Semesters 1 and 2)

RRSH prepares you for the forms of assessment you will encounter on the programme, especially the dissertation. It covers:

  • Historical skills and methodologies
  • Locating dissertation sources
  • Proceeding either to PhD or relevant employment

This course includes both compulsory and optional classes, catering for all members of our diverse Masters History cohort:

  • Students coming directly from a first degree in History
  • Students who have previously studied related subjects
  • Students returning to higher education after a gap
  • International students

Assessment: core course

The course uses innovative and traditional methods of assessment: a development log, a poster presentation and a dissertation proposal.

Optional courses

Course options may include:

  • Introduction to Medieval Manuscript Studies
  • Medieval Palaeography
  • Barbarians in the Mediterranean
  • Heretics and Inquisitors
  • The Normans
  • Medieval Deep Structures of Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Crusading Warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Chivalry and Warfare in late Medieval Europe, c. 1300 – c. 1500

With permission, you can also take courses from other subjects in the College of Arts and in other colleges, including American Studies, War Studies, Classics and many others.


You should begin identifying a dissertation topic, and the relevant sources, at an early stage. In late April and early May you give a dissertation poster presentation, and submit a dissertation proposal. The final part of the programme is devoted to researching and writing up your dissertation, with the support of an assigned supervisor.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

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