You will also have access to world-class resources, most notably the impressive combined collections of the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh Main Library.
In addition to this, you will belong to a thriving community of scholars by becoming a member of the highly cross-disciplinary Edinburgh Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS), which organises regular research seminars as well as a range of other academic and social events.
Our programme includes a core course that offers knowledge of the principal categories of surviving primary evidence from the Middle Ages and the technical skills to use them. You will have the opportunity to work with a range of sources, from manuscripts held in the university library’s Special Collections, to objects in the city’s museums (subject to availability).
You will then be able to choose from two sets of optional courses, subject to availability. One set will allow you to further expand your research skills, including courses on Paleography, Latin and research methodology, for example. The other set contains courses reflecting the research specialism of our medieval historians.
It may also be possible to enrol on relevant courses in other parts of the University, such as the School of Divinity, the Edinburgh College of Art, and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, which gives the opportunity to learn the value of an interdisciplinary approach to medieval research.
The optional courses that we offer range widely in terms of chronology (from Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance), geography (the western fringes of Europe to the eastern Mediterranean) and methodology. You will be able to select these in order to build your own path.
Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced qualification valued and respected by many employers. Others are interested in pursuing long-term academic careers and therefore consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD. The combination of specialised skills, training courses and research seminars, as well as independent research, provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.
Graduates pursue work in related areas such as:
- policy think tanks
- national and international civil services
- non-governmental organisations
- libraries and historic trusts
Others build on the transferable skills gained and enter areas as diverse as business, media, public administration and marketing.
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The compulsory course is:
- The Sources of Medieval History
Option courses previously offered include those listed below. Option courses change from year to year and those available when you start your studies may be different from those shown in the list.
- Elementary Gaelic
- Elementary Latin (PG)
- Intermediate Latin (PG)
- Historical Research: Skills and Sources
- Historical Methodology
- The Crusades: Thirteenth Century Crossroads
- Medieval Men and Masculinities
- Literature and History in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland
- Debating Marriage between Antiquity and the Middle Ages
- Studying Women in Late Medieval England: Sources and Approaches
- Constantinople: The History of a Medieval Megalopolis from Constantine the Great to Suleyman the Magnificent
- Saints Cults, Pilgrimage and Piety in Scotland
- Medieval Travellers in the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, a minimum US 3.25 GPA or international equivalent, in a subject related to this programme.
- You must demonstrate a background in Medieval History and/or relevant language skills in your transcript. If this cannot be demonstrated your personal statement must clearly show you are equipped to undertake this programme.
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Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on the University's website.
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK government loan schemes.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies *your residency status.
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