The Medieval Studies programme at Edinburgh provides a firm foundation for further research in a variety of aspects of the Middle Ages and gives an opportunity to branch out in new directions or to develop a specialisation already encountered as an undergraduate.
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Several of our subject areas were rated among the best in the UK for world-leading research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Thanks to our close connections with many Schools within the College of Humanities & Social Science, through the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, we are able to provide a cross-disciplinary approach that will add depth to your research and open the door to a broad range of potential project research areas.
Our research interests are wide-ranging and global, and include history, languages and literatures, history of art and architecture, music, divinity, archaeology, law, Celtic and Scottish studies, and Islamic, European, and Asian studies.
Training and support
You will benefit from regular seminars and discussions, including the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies research seminar, and the Late Antiquity and Medieval seminar, which is organised by postgraduates themselves.
You will have access to training in palaeography and codicology, in theoretical approaches to medieval society and culture and sources of medieval history.
Throughout your research you can call upon the outstanding collections of the University, the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish National Archives and the National Museums and Galleries of Scotland, all of which are within an easy walk of the the School's base on George Square.
Our usual entrance requirement for postgraduate study is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.
For a PhD, you should have a masters degree in a related subject, however, you may be admitted if you have other qualifications or work experience that are deemed comparable. You should contact your potential supervisor to discuss.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.
Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:
No work experience is required.
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