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Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

This MA equips students with the skills necessary for advanced medieval and renaissance scholarship. A wide range of historical, literary, palaeographical, art historical and archaeological courses enables students to explore the aspects of medieval and renaissance culture in which they are interested.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirement: Advanced

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

This MA provides exceptional opportunities to master medieval and renaissance languages and to acquire manuscript expertise working with original manuscripts; key skills for those who want to go on to original research. Students with primary interests in many different areas ‒ linguistic, historical, literary or archaeological ‒ will be able to build on and extend their expertise and skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of core language modules (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Old and Middle French
  • Medieval Italian
  • Medieval Latin (Intermediate)
  • Medieval French
  • Old and Middle English
  • Medieval Latin (Beginners)
  • At least 30 credits from the following:
  • Medieval German
  • Classical Hebrew
  • Rabbinic Hebrew
  • Introduction to Old Norse


  • Giordano Bruno
  • Dante: <em>Divina Commedia</em>
  • Comparative History of Medieval Literature
  • Animals and the Medieval Imagination
  • Anglo-Saxon Court Culture
  • The Medieval English Book</br>
  • Renaissance Texts: Resources and Research Techniques
  • Manuscripts and Documents
  • The Medieval Papacy
  • Up to 90 credits of options drawn from any of:</br>
  • Medieval Manuscripts and Documents: Research Techniques
  • Medieval Archaeology: Selected Topics and Current Problems
  • Magic in the Middle Ages
  • The Italian Dialogue of Giordano Bruno
  • The Italian Book, 1465&#8210;1600
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe, 500&#8210;1300 AD
  • From Renaissance to Republic: The Netherlands c. 1555&#8210;1609
  • Europe's Long 13th Century: Governments, Conflicts and the Cultivation of Christendom
  • Travel and Writing in the Middle Ages


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and classes. Several courses include site visits to institutions, notably the British Library, the Warburg Institute, the National Archives and the Institute of Historical Research. Assessment is through unseen examination, long essays, course work and the dissertation.


EU/UK students will be eligible for AHRC awards within the history, english and language competitions. In addition there will be two programme-specific scholarships and the Carol Chattaway Scholarship in medieval history.

Jean Orr Scholarship

1 year
Prospective Master's students studying in one or more of the eligible departments.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

1 year
Prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

1 year

MARS Studentship

Full fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
1 year
Prospective UK and EU students intending to study the MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies programme.

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Full Fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
1 year
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the Department of History.

Margaret Drower Studentship

Full Fees and a maintenance stipend of £11,817
1 year
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the Department of History.

James Henderson Studentship

Full fees and a maintence stipend of £11,817
1 year
Prospective UK and EU Master's students in the History Department.

History Overseas Bursary

Full tuition fees
1 year
Prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include: funded PhDs at UCL, Universities of Oxford, St Andrews, Cambridge, Durham, Cardiff, Lancaster, and UEA; The British Library: Cataloguer; Reuters: News Assistant; Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism: Government Advisor; University of San Diego: Juris Doctor.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • The British Library, Cataloguer, 2009,
  • University of Durham, PhD Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 2011,
  • University of San Diego, Juris Doctor, 2010,
  • Hilligdon Library, Library Assistant, 2009,
  • The Cathedral School, Latin Teacher, 2011,


The MARS degree allows students to develop an enviable range of skills. This programme not only provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career but is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museum and heritage and the education sector. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The departments contributing to this degree (History; English; the School of European Languages, Culture and Society; History of Art) enjoy outstanding international reputations for research and teaching.

We are strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading researchers in their fields.

Located in Bloomsbury, we are just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research.

Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 95 taught students › 85 research students

Department: History

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The UCL History of Art Department appealed to me because of its long-standing commitment to critical theory, a willingness to embrace interdisciplinary approaches and a research culture in which period isn’t the chief organising factor."

Dr Robert Mills

Subject: History of Art MA, History of Art PhD, Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme will be particularly attractive to students with research ambitions who have strong undergraduate qualifications and who are thinking about doctoral research. The intensive linguistic and manuscript training is intended to increase students' chances of acceptance onto and excelling in good doctoral programmes. This MA is also particularly suited to students wishing to extend their knowledge of a wide range of medieval and renaissance topics and approaches.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to show how your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme delivers.

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