UCL Medieval and Renaissance Studies


The Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

About the Degree

UCL's MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) is an intensive interdisciplinary programme run and taught by scholars who are leaders in the field. The MA is 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. MARS is demanding, cosmopolitan and stimulating. We place particular emphasis on equipping students who want to do PhDs with the skills they need. We are based in the heart of London's Bloomsbury, at the centre of an exceptional confluence of libraries and museums.

Degree Structure

1. At least 15 and normally 30 credits of a module involving work with a medieval language.
2. 60 credits of taught modules taken from the full MARS module list, which includes courses in a wide range of UCL departments and courses at other London university colleges. Tutorial approval will be required for courses whose relevance to the degree is not evident.
3. 30 credits of taught modules which may include Skills and Sources options
4. 60 credits dissertation
All of our MA students produce a research dissertation of up to 12,000 words on a topic of their choice. This is the culmination of the degree, allowing you to build on the training you have received through your elective modules to develop a specialist area of research, written under the expert supervision of a UCL-based academic.

Programme Feedback

Our experienced current external examiner says:

'I am very impressed by UCL's Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA course. The wide range of options, including the possibility to study not only Latin, but various medieval vernaculars, manuscripts and a variety of topics at a very high level, is remarkable. The standard of both the examinations and dissertations was overall very high. It was a pleasure to see that so many students engaged seriously with original sources, including manuscripts, in a thoroughly professional manner. Some of the dissertations were of publishable quality, and I hope many students go on to a PhD. I would strongly recommend the programme to any student with a serious interest in medieval history.'

Our previous external examiner (to 2011), an experienced medievalist and Fellow of the British Academy, says:

'Everything I see in the conception, teaching and assessment of courses is of the very highest standards. The UCL MA provides the best pre-PhD technical training of any MA of which I have any knowledge. Given the remarkable quality of the course, and the extraordinary care, skill and enthusiasm with which they are taught and supervised, it is wholly unsurprising that a high proportion gain distinctions.'

You can see a range of recent students' views on the course here: Students' views