MA Medieval Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
UCD is a university with real depth and breadth of expertise in medieval studies, located in a city with a rich medieval heritage. The study of the Middle Ages has flourished at UCD for over a century, and the MA Medieval Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach, offering modules across a variety of disciplines, including Archaeology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Languages, and Music. Classes are designed around small-group sessions in which students work with a specialist in the field and are allowed to develop their own areas of interest and research skills to produce a dissertation. UCD's archives hold some of Ireland's most important medieval manuscripts, and the library's resources include the source collections and databases essential for medieval scholarship.
Interdisciplinary approach to the Middle Ages
Small group work
Opportunity to pursue individual research interests
Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
This programme is suitable for those who have an interest in the medieval world and wish to extend their knowledge and understanding. It appeals to those who wish to gain the necessary scholarly skills in the field while still having flexibility in subject matter. If your interests in the medieval world cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines, this is the ideal way of pursuing those interests.
Vision & Value Statements
Our students come from different academic backgrounds and choose a range of career paths. What they have in common is an interest in the medieval world, and an eagerness to explore different ways of investigating and understanding that world. We value an interdisciplinary approach to the Middle Ages: students are allowed to choose from relevant subjects in History, English, Irish, Archaeology, Languages, Classics and Music, from Ireland to Byzantium and from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance. We use complementary learning and assessment methods, culminating in a research dissertation.
Students are introduced to research methods and skills in small groups, working with their peers; they attend classes on specialist subjects of their choice; they work with a supervisor on a dissertation subject. They are taught by specialists in their field and are encouraged to participate in the community of medieval scholars at UCD through seminars and reading groups. As such, it is a suitable preparation for intending to go on to a research degree or a professional career, or for those who simply want to extend their understanding of the medieval period.
Demonstrate a knowledge of various disciplinary approaches to the Middle Ages.
Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of selected areas of Medieval Studies depending on their choice of modules.
Demonstrate a familiarity with the major research methodologies in the field of Medieval Studies.
Demonstrate a knowledge of technical skills required for research in the field of Medieval Studies (e.g. languages, palaeography).
Demonstrate an advanced ability to think and reason critically, to evaluate evidence and argumentation, and to form a critical judgement of one's own work as well as the work of others.
Demonstrate the ability to write a coherent, analytically rigorous and original research-based thesis on a selected area of Medieval Studies.
Have experience of studying and researching across different disciplines related to Medieval Studies.
Familiarity with the major research methodologies in the field of Medieval Studies.
Knowledge of technical skills required for research in the field of Medieval Studies (e.g. languages, palaeography).
Knowledge of various disciplinary approaches to the Middle Ages.
Thorough knowledge of selected areas of Medieval Studies depending on their choice of modules.
Advanced ability to think and reason critically, to evaluate evidence and argumentation, and to form a critical judgement of one's own work as well as the work of others.
The ability to write a coherent, analytically rigorous and original research-based thesis on a selected area of Medieval Studies.
An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8), or the overseas equivalent, in an Arts or Humanities discipline is required.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6 in each element), or equivalent.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information: https://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/int%20pmp/
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes
Core modules include:
Dissertation (Medieval Studies) GSAC40260
Approaches to the Middle Ages HIS41840
Approaches to the MiddleAges II HIS41850
Stage 1 Option
Irish Medieval Art & Architecture AH30070
Early Medieval Ireland and Beyond: Social Identity and Belonging AD 400-1100 ARCH30530
Feudal castles and Gothic cathedrals: building medieval Europe, AD1000-1500 ARCH30600
Introductory Latin ARCV40060
Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts
Kings & Heroes of Early Ireland CCIV30050
Medieval Celluloid ENG30150
Talking Animals ENG30400
Other Worlds in Medieval and Renaissance Literature ENG31110
Chaucer in Context ENG31160
Apocalypse Then: Old English Literature ENG31320
Old English A(i): Unlocking the Word Hoard ENG41000
Old English B(i): Battling with Belief: The Soldiers, Saints & Scholars of Anglo-Saxon England ENG41010
Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century ENG41060
Medival Manuscript Fragments ENG41950
Past, Present and Future in Medieval England HIS31500
Ireland and Empire AD400-700 HIS31780
Biography and History HIS32230
St Patrick and His Times HIS32340
Florence 1200 - 1400 HIS32430
Florence 1400-1530 HIS32440
Coming to know Medieval Song MUS31220
Z182: 1 year full-time or Z183: 2 years part-time.
Deadline Rolling *
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
MA Medieval Studies (Z182) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MA Medieval Studies (Z183) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
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Careers & Employability
Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.
Many of our alumni work in international business, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the humanities is particularly valued. Other graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts, while some continue on to PhD research.