Medieval & Antiquity

The course's interdisciplinary requirements encourage students to view the past, in Europe, Ireland, and beyond, in a multidimensional way while they learn core linguistic and other technical skills necessary for academic research in the Antique and Medieval worlds.

This programme has four core modules. All students study Latin at a level commensurate with their experience. In addition, there is a module in Research Perspectives building on the seminars run by the Centre for Antique Medieval and Pre-Modern Studies (CAMPS). A module in Palaeography and Book Studies introduces students to the practical skills they will need to conduct research in the area while one in Antiquities and Medievalisms interrogates the origins of the discipline and the way in which Medieval and Antique motifs are used in the modern world.

1. Designed for students who might have no prior knowledge of languages or manuscript studies, this course equips them with the tools needed for innovative scholarly research.

2. Students participate in the university's Centre for Antique, Medieval and Pre-Modern Studies (CAMPS) and the postgraduate IMBAS conference; they are also eligible for certain travel bursaries.

3. About half of graduates have pursued PhDs in Europe or North America, often winning scholarships, and are well placed to proceed to a PhD in Medieval Studies at University of Galway.

Subjects taught

Students will take modules in Language and/or Literature in a language of their choice (Early English, French, Irish, Norse). No prior knowledge of these languages is required. They may also choose electives from Archaeology, Classics, History.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
A Second Class Honours, Grade 1 BA, or a GPA of 3.3, or equivalent international undergraduate degree (at NFQ Level 8) in a relevant subject. Selection is based on applicants' academic records, a confidential academic reference stating their potential for completing a research project, as well as samples of applicants' written work.

Application dates

University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

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Career Opportunities
Many graduates of this programme pursue research at doctoral level. Others have gone into careers in cultural and heritage development, library and museum studies, publishing and the book trade, print journalism, research consultancies, financial services, the civil service, teaching and administration.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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