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Medieval Studies

MA Medieval Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary program which draws on the range of expertise in medieval subjects at UCD, offered across a variety of disciplines, including Archaeology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Irish, Languages, and Music.

Interdisciplinary approach to the Middle Ages
Small group work
Opportunity to pursue individual research interests

Vision and Values Statement

The MA in Medieval Studies is for students who wish to study the Middle Ages at a high level and across different disciplines. It aims to provide an education that is at the same time rigorous and wide-ranging, providing essential research skills while allowing students to choose from a variety of courses. 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.

Programme Outcomes

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

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, 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 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.


Z182: 1 year full-time or Z183: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The MA in Medieval Studies provides an excellent basis for further research in the field and work in such related sectors as education, tourism, and cultural affairs. The organisational, interpretive and communication skills provided by this masters are valued across the professions.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Kate Breslin
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8371

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Dissertation (Medieval Studies)

Approaches to the Middle Ages

Approaches to the MiddleAges II

Stage 1 - Option

Irish Medieval Art & Architecture

Early Medieval Europe: Social identity and Belonging AD 400-1100

Feudal castles and Gothic cathedrals: building medieval Europe, AD1000-1500

Introductory Latin

Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts

Kings & Heroes of Early Ireland

Medieval Celluloid

Talking Animals

Other Worlds in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Chaucer in Context

Apocalypse Then: Old English Literature

Old English A(i): Unlocking the Word Hoard

Old English B(i): Battling with Belief: The Soldiers, Saints & Scholars of Anglo-Saxon England

Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century

Medival Manuscript Fragments

Florence from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Pagans & Religious Change in Early Europe

Ireland and Empire AD400-700

Biography and History

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:

MA Medieval Studies FT (Z182)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Medieval Studies PT (Z183)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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