UCL Medieval and Renaissance Studies


MA Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out about the degree?

First stop, check out the degree homepage. On the degree homepage you will find the Degree Tutor, further details and the degree structure which lists all of the components of the degree and their weighting. Then you can check out the modules page and see what is available. These usually change from year to year, but it will give you a good sense of what sort of modules are on offer.

Who are my primary points of contact?
  • Programme Administration Team - You should contact the administration team within the History department for issues to do with module enrolment, general queries, or any practical issues concerning your degree.
  • Degree Tutor - This is the leader of the MARS degree and acts as your Personal Tutor. 
  • Module Tutor - Your first point of contact for questions specific to the module.

The MARS degree is interdepartmental, with it's administrative base in the department of History.

Application Procedure

How do I apply?

You can apply online and in paper form, though we highly recommend applying online as it will be much easier and quicker to track your application (and the application fee is halved).

For general application queries (including degree and English language requirements), click here!

When is the deadline?

Usually at the end of July for September entry. Some funding will require that you have applied and been accepted by a particular date. If you are applying for funding you should check with the funding body.

Are there limited spaces?

No. Provided you submit your application by the deadline, you will be considered for the programme. 

I don't have an undergraduate degree in a Medieval subject, will my application still be considered?

Yes. However, you should use the personal statement section to explain why you wish to do the degree. You should also aim to show that, though you have no formal qualifications in the subject, you have a strong interest and have pursued the subject independently.

I do not have the requisite 2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree, will my application still be considered?

In exceptional cases we may accept applicants with grades below the pre-requisite.  However, you will need to put forward a strong case. All such cases must be granted by the Dean of Students, so even if we support your application, we cannot guarantee your place. In the case of mature students, there may be slightly more leeway to account for changes in qualifications, but all such offers are still ultimately decided upon outside of the Department.

I don't have my transcripts yet, what do I do?

Some students (usually those in the process of completing degrees when they apply) do not have transcripts sent out until the August before they are due to start their MA/PhD. You can make an incomplete application and be considered WITHOUT your transcripts. When prompted to attach your transcript(s) on the online application you can attach a document containing a brief explanation as to why you cannot do so, or a letter from your university with your marks achieved so far. This will then allow you to proceed and submit. However, we cannot issue an unconditional offer until all paperwork has been provided. We also cannot make an unconditional offer until your application is complete, including acceptable proof of language proficiency (where appropriate) and references.

Part-Time MAs

How does part-time study work? 

The part-time MA is the same programme as the full-time one, but spread over two years. Usually students will take between 60 and 90 credits' worth of taught modules in their first year. In the second year, students will then take between 30 and 60 credits' worth of modules and their dissertation.

However, students can arrange the weighting of taught modules over the 2 years to suit individuals' needs. 

When do modules take place?

Taught modules are usually (but not always) two-hour seminars taught during the daytime. We do not teach in the evenings or at weekends. You can discuss modules choices with your Personal Tutor and create a programme of study that fits around your other commitments.

We do not offer distance-learning courses and class attendance is compulsory. 

About Modules

How are modules taught?

Most modules are taught in two-hour seminars, once a week. 15 credit modules are generally for either term 1 OR term 2 and 30 credit modules are generally (but not always) over both terms. 

How are modules examined?

This depends on the module, so check by clicking on the relevant module on the modules homepage. Some modules may have an examination. However the majority of modules have 1 (15 credit) or 2 (30 credit) pieces of assessed coursework.

Can I take modules in other UCL departments?

Yes. As an interdepartmental degree, you are already free to take modules in all of the participating MARS departments, but you can choose modules outside of these too. Indeed one of the great advantages of the degree is that you have the opportunity to take modules from a huge range. We advise students to look at other UCL departmental webpages to see what is on offer. For some departments, you will need to seek permission before enrolling on a module. Some modules (usually because they are highly specialised) will not be open to students outside of the host department.

Can I take modules outside of UCL?

As part of your degree you can take modules at other University of London institutions. If the module is not connected to your degree subject you will need to check the degree structure first. All module choices must be approved by your Personal Tutor first.