M.Sc. Medieval Literatures and Cultures

The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Medieval Literatures and Cultures MSc at Edinburgh is a flexible programme, allowing for either a specifically literary focus or a broader ranging and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages. It provides a firm foundation for further research in a variety of aspects of the Middle Ages and is appropriate both as an end in itself and for those who may want to proceed to PhD study.

Description of Medieval Literatures and Cultures


This programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research in their chosen field, within this subject. Postgraduates will be guided by and contributing to the theory and knowledge in their specific area, and will present the insights obtained from their work in a manner consistent with academic standards and conventions. Alongside the original research they will study two advanced taught courses relevant to their field of study.

Learning Outcomes

Following successful completion of the programme, students will:

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the roles played by various forms of writing in reflecting and influencing key elements of religious and secular culture in England and Scotland, in the period 1300-1560;
  • learn selected themes and topics in a way that enables them to select and execute an independent piece of research;
  • become familiar with the variety of materials that can be used to explore the cultural life of this turbulent period, along with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which the period has been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present;
  • grasp the methodological issues and problems of literary and cultural analysis, enabling the student to create original academic work to underpin (where appropriate) further interdisciplinary research at PhD level.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Taught courses are conducted through seminars and workshops. For the dissertation students work with personal supervisors.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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Requirements for Medieval Literatures and Cultures

Good honours degree in appropriate discipline.

Applicants are asked to send a writing sample (in English) of between 2000 - 3000 words. This can be a previous essay or dissertation excerpt submitted as part of your degree studies.

Work Experience for Medieval Literatures and Cultures

No work experience is required.

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