MA Medieval History


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts



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

The course comprises lectures, seminars and taught classes that will introduce students 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 both in ideal and reality, and many more such themes.

Much of this is taught with a particular focus upon the relations between Britain and Europe in the period 900-1400AD, drawing upon the unrivalled expertise of the course tutors: Professors Bailey, Church, Rawcliffe and Vincent, Drs Doherty, Licence and O'Connor, one of the best teams of medieval scholars available anywhere in the UK.

Overview

Why Study Medieval History at UEA?

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

The course comprises lectures, seminars and taught classes that will introduce students 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 both in ideal and reality, and many more such themes.  

Much of this is taught with a particular focus upon the relations between Britain and Europe in the period 900-1400AD, drawing upon the unrivalled expertise of the course tutors: Professors Bailey, Church, Rawcliffe and Vincent, Drs Doherty, Licence and O'Connor, one of the best teams of medieval scholars available anywhere in the UK.

Content and Structure of the Course

The MA in Medieval History is a one-year full-time programme or a two-year part-time programme. The course provides students with the skills and knowledge to undertake independent research at an advanced level. In the first instance, students practice these skills on the dissertation, but the course is also designed to prepare students for doctoral study, should this prove desirable and feasible. Training is given in Latin and Latin palaeography over the course of two semesters. The 60-credit core module, England and the Continent in the High Middle Ages, also runs over two semesters. In this module the following themes and topics may be covered, according to the needs and interests of participants: 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 carried out mainly a weekly seminar, preparation for which is a requirement of the course. The MA is assessed through coursework and the dissertation, which constitutes half the credits for the degree.

Course Tutors and Research Interests

Prof. Mark Bailey – estate, manorial and urban sources 1200 to 1500; the organisation and economy of towns; the decline of serfdom
Prof. David Bates – Normandy; biography; charters; Anglo-Norman realm.
Prof. Stephen Church – twelfth-century kingship; the royal household; King John; royal records; the twelfth-century Exchequer
Dr Tom Licence – monasticism; historical writing; saints’ cults; the Church
Dr Lucy Marten – Domesday Book; East Anglian History; late Anglo-Saxon society and politics.
Prof. Carole Rawcliffe – medical history; late-medieval political history
Mrs Elizabeth Rutledge – urban communities, espec. Norwich before the Black Death; the law and the law courts
Prof. Nicholas Vincent – charters of Henry II; Magna Carta; Angevin continental lands; royal record keeping

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 100 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

MEDIEVAL LATIN

A good command of basic Latin is a fundamental tool for the aspriing 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

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

MA HISTORY DISSERTATION

Dissertation for students taking the MA in Landscape, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern British and Modern European History. 14,000 - 16,000 Words

HIS-7019X

80

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.

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.

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