MA Medieval History

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"The MA has given me the opportunity to pursue Latin and Latin palaeography, the essential skills of any medieval historian. It has also allowed me to develop important research skills for future work"

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Richard Turk, MA Medieval History graduate

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Examine the political, social, ecclesiastical and cultural history of England and the Continent in the Middle Ages minutes from the medieval city of Norwich. On this course you will enjoy lively seminars led by experienced scholars, based on key sources for the period. You will also gain the necessary training in Latin and palaeography that you need to study medieval sources.

Thanks to UEA’s location near the medieval city of Norwich you will have access to the unparalleled medieval archives housed in the Norfolk Record Office, the extensive collections in the Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Norfolk Archaeological Unit, as well as the material remains of numerous medieval buildings.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Overview

The MA specialism in Medieval History is intended to equip you with a deepened understanding of the European Middle Ages. It also teaches you the skills with which to explore this vast and significant period.

The programme comprises lectures, seminars and taught classes that will introduce you to a series of key concepts: the relation between medieval Europe and the classical past; Latin and vernacular languages; sainthood and medieval politics; economics and society; the Bible interpreted as a political manifesto; the records of royal government; the rise of the bureaucratic state; kingship in both ideal and reality; and many more such themes.

The course has a particular focus on the relations between Britain and Europe in the period 900–1400, drawing upon the unrivalled expertise of our course tutors who make up one of the best teams of medieval scholars available anywhere in the UK.

Course structure

This Master’s will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake independent historical research at an advanced level. You will exercise these skills in your dissertation, but the course is also designed to prepare you for doctoral study, should this prove desirable and feasible.

You will be given training in Medieval Latin and Medieval palaeography over the course of the two semesters. You will also take part in the core module, a weekly seminar called England and the Continent in the High Middle Ages, which also runs over two semesters. This is team-taught by several members of our faculty, giving you insight into a variety of specialist areas of the field and the most up-to-date research in the subject. The module may cover the following themes and topics: society 970–1066; Domesday Book; letter collections; historical writing; charters; the royal household; royal record keeping; urban communities 1200–1500; rural communities 1200–1500; monasticism; the Church; canon law; and Magna Carta.

Towards the end of the year you will work on your dissertation, which is a chance to put your skills into practice and pursue an independent piece of historical research of your own devising. You will be supervised by one or more members of the School, gaining guidance and support throughout the process.

Skills and experience

Norwich is the most complete medieval city in Britain. It’s a fine historic centre with buildings spanning more than a thousand years of English history. The Norfolk Record Office houses one of the richest collections of documents for medieval and early modern history, as well as contemporary records. You will be able to take advantage of this wealth of historical sources, and our proximity to the Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Norfolk Archaeological Unit, throughout your studies.

As part of our School of History, you will be working within a vibrant postgraduate community. Our research strengths include British and European medieval history; the Early Modern history of Britain, Europe and the Atlantic World; the modern and contemporary history of Europe (in particular France, Italy and Germany); modern British, imperial and international history; modern Russian and Eastern European history; landscape and environmental history; and local and regional history.

We have a strong record of securing research funds from the AHRC, Wellcome Trust, English Heritage, Leverhulme, Norwich HEART and others.

As a postgraduate student at UEA, you will also benefit from our numerous guest lectures and postgraduate training seminars, and have the chance to develop your professional skills through sessions organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School. 

Assessment

You will be assessed on coursework essays, as well as on specialised skills and the dissertation. The module England and the Continent in the High Middle Ages comprises 60 credits, Medieval Palaeography 20 credits, and Medieval Latin 20 credits. Your dissertation will be 14,000–16,000 words long and comprises 80 credits.

Course tutors and research interests

Lecturers on the course have included:

Prof Stephen Church: 12th-century kingship; the royal household; King John; royal records; the 12th-century Exchequer.

Prof Carole Rawcliffe: medical history; late medieval political history.

Prof Nicholas Vincent: charters of Henry II; Magna Carta; Angevin continental lands; royal record keeping.

Dr Tom Licence: religious history, historical writing, and the Norman Conquest.

Dr Hugh Doherty: the 12th and 13th centuries, with particular interest in the Plantagenets and Iberia.

Dr Stephen O’Connor: medieval Latin.

Where next?

You will graduate ready to pursue a wide range of occupations, thanks to the breadth of the skill base you will have had the opportunity to acquire during your Master’s. Many of our graduates go on to pursue academic careers; others have developed careers in business, public service, teaching and management. You will be offered a variety of workshops and sessions focused on career development.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

ENGLAND AND THE CONTINENT IN THE MIDDLE AGES

This team-taught compulsory module runs over the course of two semesters. In this module the following themes and topics may be covered according to the needs and interests of those participating in the programme of study: Society, 970-1066; Domesday Book; Letter Collections; Historical Writing; Charters; the Royal Household; Royal Record Keeping; Urban Communities 1200-1500; Rural Communities 1200-1500; Monasticism; the Church; Canon Law; Magna Carta. Teaching is mainly through the medium of the seminar; weekly preparation is, therefore, a requirement of the course.

HIS-7010Y

60

MA HISTORY DISSERTATION

Dissertation for students taking the MA in the School of History. 14,000 - 16,000 Words

HIS-7019X

80

MEDIEVAL LATIN

A good command of basic Latin is a fundamental tool for the aspiring medievalist. Our Latin training is suitable for complete beginners, but more advanced tuition is available for students with a prior knowledge of the language. This module is open to students in both HIS and LDC MA programmes who wish to analyse documents in Latin.

HIS-7023Y

20

MEDIEVAL PALEOGRAPHY

Our Medieval Paleography tuition concentrates on the reading and interpretation of a range of original Latin sources from the late 11th to the early 16th century. This module is open to students in both HIS and LDC MA programmes who wish to analyse documents in Latin.

HIS-7022Y

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject History or a related subject
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Applicants must submit a sample of written work (in English). This should be a typed essay on a historical subject, 2-3,000 words long, preferably a photocopy of an assessment marked by a tutor, complete with critical comments and a percentage or grade. The essay should address a specific question, and must demonstrate an ability to construct a historical argument, familiarity with the conventions of academic writing, and competence in English. This should be uploaded to your online application.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

There are a variety of scholarships and studentships available to postgraduate applicants in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. For further information relevant to the School of History, please click here.

 

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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