Medieval History Grad School

Dark Age Britain and Ireland, Frankish Europe, Sassanian Persia, Armenia and Byzantium, War and Violence in France and England, and much, much more…

Heresy, Law, Religion, Gender and Governance from Late Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages.

A Masters degree in Medieval History at St Andrews, Scotland’s medieval ecclesiastical capital.The wide-ranging interests of staff in the School allows students to study in depth a variety of topics from across the medieval worlds, both East and West, from Late Antiquity through to the Later Middle Ages.The School of History offers a broad-ranging taught postgraduate programme, designed to cater for students of differing career ambitions, areas of specialisation and previous training.

  1. The Graduate Diploma is a nine-month programme of study (September – May) consisting of the taught element listed below.
  2. The M.Litt. is 12-month programme, comprising the same taught element as the Diploma, plus a 15,000-word dissertation. This is a piece of original research, based on historical sources and written under the supervision of a member of the School. It is commenced after completion of the taught modules, for submission by the end of August.
  3. The M.Phil. is a 2-year programme consisting of the same taught element as the Diploma, plus a 40,000-word dissertation.

The Graduate Diploma, M.Litt. and M.Phil. courses share the following taught elements:

In the course of two semesters students complete two 40-credit modules and two 20-credit modules.

I. Sources and Source Criticism(40 credits) – Core module addressing the nature of different kinds of sources and the problems of interpreting them, to be taught in 2014-15 by Professor John Hudson This course is designed to foster basic research skills, including bibliography, source criticism, Latin, and seminar skills. Examined by a portfolio of assessed papers.

II. Special Topic in Mediaeval History (40 credits) – on a major subject of the student’s own choice, comprising class-work or individual tutorials, as appropriate. Examined by a portfolio of assessed papers.

III. Paleography (20 credits) – an introduction to the study and transcription of mediaeval manuscripts.
IV. Historical Skills and Sources (20 credits) This will normally involve a one semester introduction to reading Latin for historians. Training in other languages can also be arranged.
Having successfully completed the taught part of the programme, students will be admitted to the dissertation stage. With the help of a personal supervisor, they will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. The dissertation will be submitted on 31 August.