MA Programme

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

Academic staff and research interests


Chaucer and nationhood; multilingualism and medieval linguistic identities; the literatures and music of France and England from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries; continental and insular vernacular manuscripts and the relationships between them; city writing; the medieval lyric.

English and French literature of the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries; manuscripts produced in England in this period; later medieval English literature, including Lydgate and Malory; interactions between clerical teaching and Middle English literature.

Old English prose literature and language, especially those of King Alfred's court in the last part of the ninth century; late Old English manuscripts and their implications for literary activity in English in the transitional period between Old and Middle English; the use of rhetoric in Old English poetry.

Old English semantics, Old English elegiac and heroic poetry, including Beowulf, Old Icelandic pre-Christian Eddic and Skaldic poetry, including Haustlǫng and Thórsdrápa, Anglo-Saxon paganism and Old Norse mythology, Sagas of Icelanders, including Víga-Glúms saga, the world of Faerie in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Middle English literature, especially Piers Plowman and other religious texts; allegory, the social and historical contexts of late medieval literature, editions, and the history of criticism.


Medieval marriage; preaching; papacy; rationalities.

Medieval cultural history, especially the occult sciences (magic, astrology and alchemy) and their relationships to mainstream religion, natural philosophy, medicine and cosmology; the history of animals.

Space and memory, monastic chronicles, the destruction of documents, physical representations of rulers and medieval identities.

The twelfth and thirteenth centuries; dialogues; accountability; how institutions think.

Palaeography and codicology; medieval vernacular chronicles; genealogical chronicles and diagrams.

  • Dr Maureen Jurkowski

Late medieval English ecclesiastical history, especially the Lollard heresy; medieval and early modern taxation; monastic archives.

Monastic archives in England and France (formation, dispersal and interpretation); the law and its practitioners, in medieval England.

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Medieval Jewish thought, including biblical interpretation, philosophy, and mysticism; and medieval Hebrew manuscript study. In particular: Hebrew scribality in medieval Italy and the possibility of institutionally organised copying; relations between Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation in text and in art.

Institute of Archaeology

The archaeology of early medieval societies in north-western Europe. Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the early middle ages, landscape archaeology and state formation.


Medieval French and English literature, especially narrative; constructions of identity; Narcissus, mirrors, doubles and the uncanny; comparative literature; literary theory, especially gender, queer theory, anthropology, psychoanalysis.

Renaissance literature and cultural history; gender studies; literary and cultural exchanges between France and the Muslim East (Turkey and Persia) from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.


Short comic narratives of the later Middle Ages; laughter, jest and ridicule in courtly and urban culture; medieval drama; Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parzival'.


Dante’s Commedia and minor works; the vernacular lyric from the Sicilians to Petrarch; medieval urban culture, political literature and chronicles; the theme of exile in early Italian verse.

Medieval and Renaissance philosophy (particularly Marsilio Ficino and Giordano Bruno); Renaissance humanism, rhetoric, pedagogy, cosmology and Copernicanism.

Dante; Italian literature and medieval philosophy and theology.

Scandinavian Studies

Old Norse language and literature; Norse mythology; early Christian writing in old Norse; religious change and conversion; theoretical approaches to mythology; and textual criticism.

The history and culture of Scandinavia between c. 900 and c. 1300; the Christianization of Scandinavia; cultural interaction between the British Isles and Scandinavia.


Literature, culture and history of early modern Spain and Latin America.

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