Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme considers the culture and society of the medieval period, which is usually understood as stretching from the transformation of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance; it will introduce you to a variety of topics within this broad span of time, including religion and heresy, philosophy and political thought, gender, the expansion of urban communities, power and kingship, and the dynamics of historical change. You will develop your ability to critically assess and analyse historical evidence and we will look at the archaeological record, documentary evidence, including parliamentary petitions, guild records and manorial court rolls, and literary sources by authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland, among others. While the focus is on Britain, you will also study the British medieval experience comparatively alongside that of mainland Europe, in particular France and Italy.

Course Modules

Core module: Mastering historical research: Birkbeck approaches. option modules (choose 3): ancient political thought and its medieval legacy; heresy in the high middle ages; practitioners and patients in renaissance and Early modern Europe; religion and the state: traditions and innovations, 200 ' 600AD; Renaissance Florence: Society, religion and culture; Ricardian England; the city of Rome: Ancient to medieval. Supplementary courses ' including in Latin and palaeography ' will also be available.

Course Additional Entry

At least a second Class Honours degree. We also offer a 1 year graduate certificate in history, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees