Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

London, Bloomsbury

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 modules enables students to explore the aspects of medieval and renaissance culture in which they are interested.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£14,100
£7,050
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£29,000
£14,500
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree


This MA provides exceptional opportunities to prepare for and pursue research in a wide range of medieval topics. The programme allows students to master medieval and renaissance languages and to acquire manuscript expertise working with original manuscripts. It also provides a wide-ranging introduction for those keen to deepen their knowledge of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. 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.

The programme lasts twelve months (full-time) / 24 months (part-time) to allow for both intensive technical training for research and independent thesis research. For the latter, supervision is provided in the summer vacation as well as during term time. We provide a high number of hours of training in Palaeography and Diplomatic (currently 40-50 hours). For beginners in Latin the contact time is also unusually high (80 hours), and there is appropriate module credit, so that the overall grade will not suffer from time devoted to this key skill. It is also possible to take modules in other medieval languages, though a knowledge of the corresponding modern language will normally be required. Modern scholarly languages needed for medieval and Renaissance research can also be studied for credit. The range of historical and literary options is wide and medieval archaeology is also taught in some years

The programme consists of compulsory language modules for reading primary texts – usually Latin, optional modules, and a research dissertation.

Who this course is for

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 on to 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.

What this course will give you

The departments contributing to this degree - History; English; the School of European Languages, Culture and Society; Institute of Archaeology; 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.

The foundation of your career

The 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.

Employability

Recent destinations of recent graduates of this 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.

Teaching and learning

Assessment is through unseen examination, long essays, coursework and the dissertation.

It is expected that you will spend approximately 150 hours studying for a 15 credit module, and approximately 300 hours studying for a 30 credit module. These hours include contact time (usually two hours of staff-led time per week), private study and the undertaking of coursework assignments.

Modules

All students take compulsory dissertation MDVL0009 MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies Report (60 credits). In addition, they usually take 30 credits of language modules, 30 credits of skills-based modules and 60 credits of optional modules or further language/skills-based modules.

All students take compulsory dissertation MDVL0009 MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies Report (60 credits). In addition, they usually take 30 credits of language modules, 30 credits of skills-based modules and 60 credits of optional modules or further language/skills-based modules.

For part-time students the structure is usually as follows:

First year: 90 credits of language/skills-based/optional modules

Second year: MDVL0009 MA Medieval and Renaissance Studies Report (60 credits) + 30 credits of language/skills-based/optional modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Accessibility

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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Ancient History MA

UCL's Ancient History MA offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific period or topic, explore adjacent disciplines, and acquire technical skills in such areas as archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology, and textual criticism. Join Dr Ben Dewar, Ancient History MA Degree Tutor, to find out more about the programme, the learning environment and making an application. The introductory presentation will be followed by the opportunity for you to ask your own questions.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA

UCL's MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) is an intensive interdisciplinary programme run and taught by academics who are leaders in the field. Join Dr Patrick Lantschner, Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA Degree Tutor, to find out more about the programme, the learning environment and making an application. The introductory presentation will be followed by the opportunity for you to ask your own questions.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100 £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000 £14,500

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students are expected to pay the entrance fee to any admission-charging exhibition or museum or archive visited by a class; the tutor will usually negotiate a group discount where this is significantly cheaper than the individual student discount. 

Students who are facing financial hardships can apply for UCL Financial Assistance Funds. 

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Carol Chattaway scholarship. One scholarship is awarded each year to a postgraduate student (taught or research) who is working in the field of medieval history. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students. The award has a value of £2,500, redeemable against the cost of tuition. Those wishing to be considered for this award must have submitted their complete application to UCL (including references) by 15 May. All eligible candidates whose applications have been received by this date will be considered.
Jean Orr scholarship. This scholarship is available each year to one Master's student, who may be studying in one or more of the following departments: History, French, Italian, or Dutch. The award will be given on the basis of academic merit and has a value of £7,000, which is to be redeemed against tuition fees for the year. (If there is any leftover money then this will be given as a maintenance grant.) Candidates wishing to be considered for the Jean Orr scholarship must have submitted their complete application (including references) by 19 May. All eligible candidates whose applications have been received by this date will be considered.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Baxendale Scholarship

Deadline: 31 March 2023
Value: Up to £12,900 (1 year )
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

Deadline: 15 May 2023
Value: £2,500 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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