MA Programme

  • The Centre works in tandem with UCL's taught MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS).
    MA Programme


Listen to Revealing Records podcasts

Podcasts are now available of Revealing Records III, which took place at King’s College London on 27th May 2011. Hosted by the King’s History Department, with the support of the Royal Historical Society and the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at King’s, RRIII brought together postgraduate researchers and academics from across Britain and Europe to share challenges and approaches in the study of medieval sources. Now available as podcasts are key note papers by Professor Peter Heather (King’s) and Professor Nicholas Vincent FBA (UEA) as well as the papers of ten postgraduate students, revealing records from coins to castles, letters to law codes and chronicles to crusade sermons, from Britain to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Listen to podcasts

For more information on the Revealing Records series, visit the website or email

Beginnings and Endings: The Medieval Preface and Epilogue

Monday 20 June, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London

A one-day conference supported by UCL’s Arts and Humanities Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS) will be held on Monday 20 June from 10.30 am – 5.15 pm (followed by a drinks reception). This interdisciplinary conference will consider medieval prefaces and epilogues written in a range of languages and in various literary contexts such as lyric collections, translations, chronicles and dialogues. The event is designed to encourage medievalists (both academics and research students) from different departments, faculties and institutions in London to meet and share research interests. A full programme is available via the following link: There is no charge for registration or refreshments. To register, please email Professor Susan Irvine (

Warburg Institute talk

Dr Sebastian Coxon, MARS tutor and Reader in German at UCL, will talk on 'Punitive laughter and comedy in medieval literature' at the Warburg Institute on 18th May at 5:15. For more details see

Posts for research associates and postgraduate studentship

Applications are invited for two posts of research associate and for one project studentship for the AHRC project ‘Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France’. The principal investigator is Professor Simon Gaunt (King’s College London), and the three co-investigators are Dr Bill Burgwinkle (Cambridge), Dr Jane Gilbert (University College London), and Dr Paul Vetch (King’s College London). The project entails mapping the dissemination of six key twelfth- and thirteenth-century texts that survive in a significant number of manuscripts and then using the data to address more speculative questions concerning language and identity, the mobility of literary culture, and the cultural freight of non-standard forms of French. All three posts are for 36 months from 1 October 2011.

To apply for the research associate post in Cambridge (closing date 18 April), see To apply for the research associate post in University College London (closing date 18 April), see, search Current Vacancies under reference number 1180556. For details of how to apply for the project studentship (closing date April 11), see

Chaucer book wins award

Ardis Butterfield has been awarded the 2010 R. H. Gapper Book Prize for The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and Nation in the Hundred Years War. The award is given by the Society for French Studies for the best book published in 2009 by a scholar working in Britain or Ireland in French studies, judged on the criteria of critical and scholarly distinction and likely impact on wider critical debate.

All Souls Fellowship

Ardis Butterfield has been elected to a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford 2010-11. She has also been invited to give a plenary address to the Canadian Society of Medievalists as part of the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New Brunswick, May 2011. She recently gave her inaugural lecture, entitled 'The Origins of English Song', in UCL on 18 November 2010: more

New Lecturer in Medieval History

John Sabapathy, who came to the History Department from Wadham College, Oxford and Kings to do his PhD, has been appointed Lecturer in Medieval History in the History Department.

Pollard Prize Runner Up

Antonia Fitzpatrick, who is doing a medieval PhD in the History Department, was runner up for the Institute of Historical Research's Pollard Prize for the best seminar paper by a postgraduate student in the preceding academic year. Part of her prize is fast-track publication of her paper in the prestigious journal Historical Research.

AHRC Award

Ardis Butterfield has been awarded £36,840 from the AHRC Research Networking Scheme to support a workshop series in 2010-11 for the Medieval Song Network. This international Network, founded in 2009 and co-ordinated jointly with Helen Deeming (RHUL), unites scholars with broad interests in medieval song, from literary, musical, historical, linguistic, paleographical and many other perspectives. There are currently over 100 members of the Network from the UK, Europe and the USA. New members are always welcome: to join us, please contact Ardis Butterfield ( and Helen Deeming ( For further information please see our website, and the linked letter (on the Events page) outlining the workshop plans.

Back to the USA

David Cantor-Echols (MA 2007-8) has won a funded place for a Doctoral Programme in Medieval History at the University of Chicago, to start in autumn 2010. Ruen-chuan Ma (MA 2007-8) and Jeffrey Wayno (MA 2008-9) both won funded places for Doctoral Programmes at Columbia University, and started last autumn.

New Doctoral Students

The following students won funding (fees and maintenance) for doctoral study in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Katherine Cross (AHRC): to work with Antonio Sennis

Matthew Ross (History Departmental Studentship): to work with David d'Avray

Stephanie Seaver (AHRC): to work with Sophie Page.

MA awards

In 2009 two students won ARHC funding for the MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies:

Benjamin Pope

Valentina Giro


Barbara Gaspar won the prize for the best paper by a young scholar at the Reuter Lecture and Master Class Event, Southampton University 2008.

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