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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.

Duration

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)
GSAC40260

Approaches to the Middle Ages
HIS41840

Approaches to the MiddleAges II
HIS41850

Stage 1 - Option

Irish Medieval Art & Architecture
AH30070

Early Medieval Europe: 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
ARCV41330

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

Florence from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
HIS31260

Pagans & Religious Change in Early Europe
HIS31540

Ireland and Empire AD400-700
HIS31780

Biography and History
HIS32230

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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