Medieval Studies

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This cross-disciplinary programme, unique in Ireland, provides students with a firm foundation in the study of European—including Irish— cultures, languages and societies from Late Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages.

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

Along with core modules in palaeography and manuscript studies, students choose electives from Archaeology, Classics, History and Literature (English, French, German or Irish). Students also take Latin and another medieval language (of their choice). No prior knowledge of these languages is required.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

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 NUI Galway.

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 an applicant's academic record, academic references stating her or his potential for completing a research project, as well as samples of the applicant's written work.


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

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Career opportunities
Graduates in Medieval Studies who do not proceed to PhD research at universities like NUI Galway, TCD, Oxford, Durham, Leeds or the universities of Toronto or Southern California have a reasonable expectation of finding employment in many walks of life, outside of academia. These include 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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    Part time

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