Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course offers a unique and fascinating examination of the ideas, impact and personalities of this subject from the medieval age to the present day. You will be taught, inspired and challenged by internationally recognised experts in this field. Royal Holloway has a long tradition of studying the History of the Crusades and Byzantium and in conjunction with the libraries and research seminars of central London, offers unparalleled expertise and resources. This is an ideal MA if you are pursuing an advanced interest in crusading history, it will provide you with a further set of skills and a qualification, and it also has a highly successful track record as a springboard to doctoral research.

The programme offers students an understanding of the context of the crusades, and the ideology that underpinned the movement as well as a consideration of its modern day resonances. You will gain an unparalleled insight into the ideas, events and people of crusading history while engaging with a full array of source materials in this compelling field. The course will also consider the impact of the crusades on the Muslim world, as well as exploring Western Europe?s first contacts with the terrifying Mongols. We are one of the largest and liveliest History departments in the UK yet our size is not at the cost of anonymity; you will receive our individual attention and become part of our close-knit post graduate community.

On completion of your MA in Crusades Studies at Royal Holloway, you will have developed and finessed skills, such as research, analysis and presenting, which will appeal to future employers. Your degree also demonstrates that you enjoy being challenged, understand complex issues, as well as other values and cultures, which equips you to operate successfully in a fast-changing and increasingly globalised and multi-cultural environment. On graduation, you will have ideally placed to develop your career in areas that involve the professional creation, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge or wish to progress towards a PhD.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,700 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,400 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,850 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,850 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,200 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a 2:1 in honour degree. Relevant professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area will be considered. While a background in medieval history is helpful, it is by no means essential. The primary factors required are considerable motivation and a willingness to read widely and to engage with diverse cultures and ideologies from the perspective of the medieval world. We make decisions based on achieved or predicted grades, personal statements and references. We occasionally invite candidates to interview, usually in cases where we would like more information on which to base a decision. Applicants unable to attend, such as overseas students, will be interviewed by telephone.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall (Writing 69). No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.