M.A. Arthurian Studies

University Wales Lampeter

Application deadline: any time of the year
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,034 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,567 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: April  2014, October  2014, January  2015, April  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time

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The MA in Arthurian Studies has been designed specifically as a distance, part-time, degree. It is designed to provide an opportunity for postgraduate study of Arthurian material, mainly medieval but also modern, in a multidisciplinary context. It is designed to be as flexible as possible in accommodating different interests and schedules, while providing an in-depth look at the fundamental aspects of the Arthurian period and legend.

The programme is taught across several departments with expertise in Celtic Studies: these are English, History, Theology and Religious Studies, and Welsh. Areas of specialisation include the early British and Irish churches, Cornish, Breton and Welsh history and literature, as well as Latin, Irish, and Welsh languages.

The MA in Arthurian Studies is a distance-only degree, and therefore its modules are available only as teaching materials delivered at a distance, the method of delivery being primarily but by no means exclusively the internet.

The module materials consist of a course handbook containing lecture notes (including guidelines to specifically targeted relevant readings), bibliographies, one or more essay questions per unit, and photocopies of selected readings. The readings included are those which are most important, or most difficult to obtain-the student will be responsible for obtaining other relevant books and articles, usually through local university libraries. In cases of difficulty, the tutor will loan copies of selected readings.

Tutorial support is delivered primarily via e-mail. Those students without e-mail access confer with the tutors by post or by telephone, but are encouraged to use e-mail. In the future, optional residential study schools will be offered. The programme, however, is designed to be flexible, and to support students who do not or cannot take advantage of these schools, or who attend some but not all.

Contents

The degree consists of two parts. Part One consists of six taught modules of 20 credits each, totalling 120 credits. Part Two consists of a dissertation, of not more than 20,000 words, worth 60 credits. Part One must be successfully completed before progressing to Part Two.

The six modules of Part One are to be taken from a number of possibilities (see below). MAAS0120, The Celtic Arthur, should be the first to be completed. This module, as well as MAAS0620, Study and Research Methodology, are compulsory, although the latter may be waived with the special permission of the programme director. A further 40 credits must be taken from the core MA Arthurian Studies modules (see below for a list). The final 40 credits can be taken as modules from other, broadly related, Lampeter Master´s degrees (in particular Celtic Studies, Celtic Christianity, and Church History). Up to 40 credits can be taken as language courses (Welsh or Latin).

MODE OF DELIVERY AND STUDENT SUPPORT:

The MA in Arthurian Studies is a distance-only degree, and therefore its modules are available only as teaching materials delivered at a distance, the method of delivery being primarily but by no means exclusively the internet.

The module materials consist of a course handbook containing lecture notes (including guidelines to specifically targeted relevant readings), bibliographies, one or more essay questions per unit, and photocopies of selected readings. The readings included are those which are most important, or most difficult to obtain-the student will be responsible for obtaining other relevant books and articles, usually through local university libraries. In cases of difficulty, the tutor will loan copies of selected readings.

Tutorial support is delivered primarily via e-mail. Those students without e-mail access confer with the tutors by post or by telephone, but are encouraged to use e-mail. In the future, optional residential study schools will be offered. The programme, however, is designed to be flexible, and to support students who do not or cannot take advantage of these schools, or who attend some but not all.

List of available modules (All modules are distance unless otherwise indicated)

1. Compulsory

* MAAS0620 Study and Research Methodology (distance version)
* MAAS0120: The Celtic Arthur: Arthur in Early Celtic History and
Tradition up to Geoffrey of Monmouth

2. Other core modules

* MAAS0220: The `Courts of Arthur´?: Arthur in the archaeological landscape
* MAAS0320: The Matter of Britain: Geoffrey of Monmouth and Pseudo- Historical Writing
* MENG9820: Malory and the Arthurian Tradition (also residential)

3. Other modules available

* MENG2620: Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature I (also residential)
* MENG1729: Chaucer´s Comic Tales (residential only)
* MHIST1020: Gilbert of Sempringham and the Gilbertines (also residential)
* MHIST5020: The Cistercian World I (also residential)
* MHIST51220: The Cistercian World II (also residential-prerequisite is The Cistercian World I)
* MHIST1120: Thomas Becket (also residential)
* MHIST2320: Using Medieval Sources (residential only)
* MHIST0220: Women in Medieval England (also residential)
* MHIST1820: Medieval Manuscript Studies (residential only)
* (code TBA): Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature II (residential only)
* (code TBA): Medieval Poetry of Dream and Debate (residential only)
* MACC0120: The Archaeology of the Celtic Churches
* MACC0420: The Desert in the Ocean: Eremitical Spirituality and the Celtic Monastic Tradition
* MACC0520: Celtic Hagiography and the Cults of Saints
* MTCH1320: Anglo-Saxon Christian Heroic Literature
* MAAC0620 Y Mabinogi
* MLAT0120: Beginners´ Latin

Residential courses:

* MAMS0140: The Cistercian Experience Annual Spring School (a week-long course spent on Caldey Island in the Spring subject to permission of MA in Monastic Studies programme director)
* MAMS0220: Early British Monasticism (same as above but a 20 credit version)

Requirements

The MA is a postgraduate course, so candidates will normally have a good first degree. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis, and candidates should consider including a curriculum vitae with his or her application.

International students applying for study at postgraduate level will normally be required to show evidence of sufficient command of the English language to be able to follow their course, undertake research and produce writing without major linguistic difficulties. For example, this is usually the Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Certificate, IELTS minimum score of 6.5, TOEFL minimum score of 575.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575

Funding

UK Students

Unfortunately, funding is very scarce for postgraduate courses. Some funding is available from external bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The AHRC is funded by a number of sources including the British Academy and the Department of Higher and Further Education and offers support including professional and vocational awards and Studentships in the Humanities. Applications can be made via the Registry in February each year. Occasionally there are University of Wales Studentships available which are equivalent to the funding given by the AHRC, but these are subject to availability. A funding guide is available from the Registry. Most UK students are self-funding and many opt for Career Development Loans.

Overseas Students

Loans

American and Canadian students can apply for funding via the Federal Student Loan System for their respective countries.

Overseas scholarships

Overseas students may apply for Overseas Research Scholarships if they are intending to study for a full-time MPhil or PhD. Application forms are available in February of each year from the Registry and must be completed and returned to the Registry by the end of April in any given year. If candidates are successful in their application, fees are reduced to that of a home student.

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