• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The Medieval History MA at Birkbeck, University of London is distinguished in the UK by its global reach, and local depth: our expertise ranges from the Indian Ocean in the early middle ages, the archaeology of the high medieval Silk Road, and late medieval Italy, Germany, the Low Countries, France and the UK. 

The programme is unique in its emphasis on writing histories of the middle ages that cross disciplinary boundaries - including archaeology, history, literature, art history and musicology - and in equipping its students with skills to analyse a vast range of sources, including castles, cathedrals and caravan inns, coins, pottery, clocks, bells and burial sites, alongside chronicles, parish records, illuminated manuscripts, maps, altarpieces and inscriptions.

The MA students also have the option to take modules organised by colleagues in the History of Art, English and other institutions within the University of London, to create a course tailored to your interests.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in research and archiving, education, the heritage industry, publication and the media, the charity sector and journalism. Possible professions include historian, higher education lecturer, or archivist. This degree provides a range of transferable skills, which may be useful in becoming a journalist, heritage manager, politician’s assistant, academic librarian, or museum/gallery curator.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches
  • Mapping the Middle Ages, from Ptolemy to Planoudes (c. 150-1500)
  • Monastic Lives in Medieval England
  • Money and Empire c. 300-c. 800
  • Practitioners and Patients in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
  • Renaissance Florence: Society, Religion and Culture
  • The City of Rome: Ancient to Medieval

            Detailed Programme Facts

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              You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 12 months
            • Credits
              180 alternative credits
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus
            • More information Go to the programme website

            English Language Requirements

            You need the following IELTS score:

            • Minimum required score:

              7

              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            Academic Requirements

            You need the following GPA score:

            Required score: Lower Second Class

            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

            General Requirements

            • We offer a one-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history at postgraduate level, but have a degree in a significantly different discipline.
            • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. 
            • We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
            • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

            Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

            • You are considered ineligible for admission
            • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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            Tuition Fee

            • International

              15200 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • National

              8350 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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            Living costs for London

            • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

            Funding

            Check the programme website for information about funding options.

            Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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