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MA Medieval Studies MA Medieval Studies

The School’s academics are leading researchers, authors and editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage.

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1 year

Part-time

2-3 years

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TBC

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Brayford Pool

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Course Code

MEDSTDMA

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Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2-3 years

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TBC

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Brayford Pool

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Validated

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Course Code

MEDSTDMA

Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo - Programme Leader

Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo - Programme Leader

Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of History and Heritage. She specialises in the cultural history of the medieval Western Mediterranean, with a particular focus on the Iberian Peninsula. Her main areas of research include the History of Emotions, the study of medieval social communication and cultural networks, along with interfaith collaborations and political agreements.

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Welcome to MA Medieval Studies

Lincoln has a long and fascinating history and is home to a wealth of medieval resources, making it an ideal location in which to undertake an advanced study of the Middle Ages.

Students are able to learn a range of research methods used within medieval studies and develop skills such as palaeography and Latin. They are also taught how to utilise historical archives to explore the economic, social, and religious history of England, and the wider Mediterranean world. Some modules are supported by the wealth of literary manuscripts at Lincoln Cathedral, which holds one of only 50 full manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales, as well as The Thornton Romances, which contains the earliest known accounts of King Arthur’s death.

This programme enables students in the School of History and Heritage to learn from academics who are leading researchers, authors, editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage. The School holds a series of research seminars throughout the year which students are encouraged to attend.

Welcome to MA Medieval Studies

Lincoln has a long and fascinating history and is home to a wealth of medieval resources, making it an ideal location in which to undertake an advanced study of the Middle Ages.

Students are able to learn a range of research methods used within medieval studies and develop skills such as palaeography and Latin. They are also taught how to utilise historical archives to explore the economic, social, and religious history of England, and the wider Mediterranean world. Some modules are supported by the wealth of literary manuscripts at Lincoln Cathedral, which holds one of only 50 full manuscripts of The Canterbury Tales, as well as The Thornton Romances, which contains the earliest known accounts of King Arthur’s death.

This programme enables students in the School of History and Heritage to learn from academics who are leading researchers, authors, editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage. The School holds a series of research seminars throughout the year which students are encouraged to attend.

How You Study

Modules are mostly taught in two-hour group seminars. Students will be able to select from a number of the modules detailed in the Modules tab.

Full-time students on this course should expect to receive approximately four to six hours of contact time per week. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours on independent study.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How You Study

Modules are mostly taught in two-hour group seminars. Students will be able to select from a number of the optional modules detailed in the Modules tab, which they will study alongside core skills-based modules.

Full-time students will take the following modules:

Semester A: Elementary Medieval Latin, plus Research Methods, plus one option.

Semester B: Elementary Medieval Latin, plus Palaeography and Diplomatic, plus one option.

They will also complete a dissertation.

Full-time students on this course should expect to receive approximately four to six hours of contact time per week. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours on independent study.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

All students on the MA course have the opportunity to have some basic Latin training within their MA research methods module. For those students who already have some Latin, however, and for those who otherwise prove to learn quickly, this module will provide the opportunity to develop this essential skill for medievalists within a supportive context. The course aims to provide students with the confidence to engage directly with the original sources.

Module Overview

The module is designed to provide an introduction to the practical techniques of reading medieval documents, including the use of standard abbreviation forms in documents, the use of standard phrasing in administrative documents, and the development of this practice in large administrations (including royal and ecclesiastical chanceries). This module introduces an essential skill for medievalists and gives students the opportunity to engage with medieval sources in their original form.

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce a range of research methods used within medieval studies, and focuses on active engagement with the processes of gathering, evaluating and analysing data of various sorts. Students will also have the opportunity to develop familiarity with, and the chance to be able to evaluate, different approaches to the analysis and interpretation of historical and literary data.

Module Overview

The predominant chronological device in the medieval world was dating by the year of an office, such as a king's reign. The medieval calendar included the annual commemorations of religious and civil events and changes in season, while the past was often organised into epochs, parallel realities, and myth histories drawn from a variety of ancient sources and remodelled to fit with the medieval world view. Medieval cartography, art and architecture made use of the same parallel realities and myth histories to create the rules and geometric conventions governing the depiction and design of physical space. This module uses current historical, cartographical, anthropological and art theories, considering documentary sources, images, buildings and the locality with a particular focus on Lincoln, to explore how changing conceptions of historical time and geographical space impacted on medieval perceptions of the present and its complex relation to the timeless past.

Module Overview

This module aims to address a pivotal moment in the transition from the ancient to the medieval world: the ‘fall’ of the Roman Empire in Western Europe in the late fifth century. The module encourages students to conceptualise the end of Roman power in the West as a process that had its roots much further back in Roman history and that had long-term effects well beyond the late fifth century.

Module Overview

Few places in Europe experienced as culturally diverse and politically complex a medieval past as did the Iberian Peninsula. Indeed, as Janna Bianchini has pointed out, the study of medieval Spain and Portugal obliges us to confront ‘the rich and sometimes violent interchange of (at least) three cultures and religions.’ This module allows students the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of the history of Spain and Portugal from 500 to 1300. This module is team taught, making use of Lincoln's research cluster in medieval Iberian studies, with the aim of ensuring that students are at the forefront of the discipline.

Module Overview

Focusing on the case study of Lincoln, this module aims to explore the city as a central element in the study of medieval history and culture. Students can investigate Lincoln as both “urbs” and “civitas”. Starting with the analysis of the urban fabric, they can explore the transformation of the city from the Roman time through the Middle Ages. Then, moving from the “urbs” to the “civitas”, they are able to explore the memory of its inhabitants, exploring topics such as epigraphy and commemoration, domestic spaces, identities, and legends. In the final part of the module, students have the chance to consider the activity of some institutions of the city, focusing on learning and law, and exploring the institutional significance of the Cathedral.

Module Overview

This module looks at some of the major developments of medieval northern European history – developments that are too often studied in isolation. Frequently divided into either the Age of Charlemagne and his successors, or the period which saw the emergence of an English Kingdom (and perhaps, people), or an era of violence and trade given its primary impulse by Viking activity, the period from 750 to 1000 is best understood in all its complexity by means of a comparative approach. The module’s comparative framework will also provide the opportunity to develop a crucial contextual knowledge for students looking to go on to PhD level. Equipped with this knowledge, students can realise that no single interpretative paradigm of the period can do justice to the plethora of social, political, economic and cultural changes that took root in the period in question.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to some of the key issues posed by studying the history of emotions, particularly for the medieval period. This is a subject that has only recently attracted scholarly attention. A general introduction to the methodologies used in this field will be provided, focusing especially on how historians do or should approach texts that include emotions. Love, friendship, hatred and betrayal are some of the themes that will be discussed in the context of Western Europe and the Mediterranean between 1000 and 1400, a period when their meanings and values were sometimes astonishingly different from our modern conceptions. Primary sources consulted will include epistolary exchanges, philosophical and medical treaties, narrative and literary sources, ecclesiastical writings, as well as visual art and material culture, among others.

Module Overview

The English rebellion of 1258 to 1265 is usually given the adjective baronial: but the barons involved were not only the secular Lords. This module looks in particular at the bishops of Worcester, Chichester, Lincoln, London and Winchester in this period. In doing so it reveals the role of the thirteenth-century bishops within English Society and the important theological, philosophical and legal ideas of the day.

Module Overview

This module examines what the figure of the outlaw meant to the people of Britain in the Middle Ages, especially in the post-Conquest period, as well as how he was, and still is, connected to history and myth in literature. Students will consider the glorification of crime associated with outlaw narratives and the resistance of primarily clerical and state authority, as well as the underlying issues of friendship and loyalty that these narratives evoke. They will also examine other themes prevalent in outlaw legends, such as nature, human and animal relations, gender, religion, tricksters and trickery, class, warfare and weaponry. Finally, it assesses how outlawry and outlaw figures (especially Robin Hood) have been transmitted, as a type of ‘medievalism,’ to later periods and what the outlaw figure means in contemporary society. Overall, students will examine representations of outlaws in a range of genres, from chronicles, ballads, and dramatic texts to children’s literature, film, and television.

Module Overview

This module explores narratives concerning two central components of medieval communities’ self-perception and interactions with other communities: history and sanctity. Such narratives were for a long time dismissed by historians as inaccurate, biased, and of little scholarly value for any but scholars of literature. Recent decades, however, have seen fruitful research which considers the material through different lenses. This module allows students the chance to explore the contention that there is no better way of understanding any culture than analysing how it imagines itself to have come into being and to be.

Module Overview

Chronicles were without doubt the dominant form of historical writing throughout the medieval period. This research-based module is designed to introduce students to these neglected sources, to their origins in the historiographical thought-world of the ancient and early Christian worlds, and to the key chronicle writers of the early Middle Ages.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

All students on the MA course have the opportunity to have some basic Latin training within their MA research methods module. For those students who already have some Latin, however, and for those who otherwise prove to learn quickly, this module will provide the opportunity to develop this essential skill for medievalists within a supportive context. The course aims to provide students with the confidence to engage directly with the original sources.

Module Overview

The module is designed to provide an introduction to the practical techniques of reading medieval documents, including the use of standard abbreviation forms in documents, the use of standard phrasing in administrative documents, and the development of this practice in large administrations (including royal and ecclesiastical chanceries). This module introduces an essential skill for medievalists and gives students the opportunity to engage with medieval sources in their original form.

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce a range of research methods used within medieval studies, and focuses on active engagement with the processes of gathering, evaluating and analysing data of various sorts. Students will also have the opportunity to develop familiarity with, and the chance to be able to evaluate, different approaches to the analysis and interpretation of historical and literary data.

Module Overview

The predominant chronological device in the medieval world was dating by the year of an office, such as a king's reign. The medieval calendar included the annual commemorations of religious and civil events and changes in season, while the past was often organised into epochs, parallel realities, and myth histories drawn from a variety of ancient sources and remodelled to fit with the medieval world view. Medieval cartography, art and architecture made use of the same parallel realities and myth histories to create the rules and geometric conventions governing the depiction and design of physical space. This module uses current historical, cartographical, anthropological and art theories, considering documentary sources, images, buildings and the locality with a particular focus on Lincoln, to explore how changing conceptions of historical time and geographical space impacted on medieval perceptions of the present and its complex relation to the timeless past.

Module Overview

This module aims to address a pivotal moment in the transition from the ancient to the medieval world: the ‘fall’ of the Roman Empire in Western Europe in the late fifth century. The module encourages students to conceptualise the end of Roman power in the West as a process that had its roots much further back in Roman history and that had long-term effects well beyond the late fifth century.

Module Overview

Few places in Europe experienced as culturally diverse and politically complex a medieval past as did the Iberian Peninsula. Indeed, as Janna Bianchini has pointed out, the study of medieval Spain and Portugal obliges us to confront ‘the rich and sometimes violent interchange of (at least) three cultures and religions.’ This module allows students the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of the history of Spain and Portugal from 500 to 1300. This module is team taught, making use of Lincoln's research cluster in medieval Iberian studies, with the aim of ensuring that students are at the forefront of the discipline.

Module Overview

Focusing on the case study of Lincoln, this module aims to explore the city as a central element in the study of medieval history and culture. Students can investigate Lincoln as both “urbs” and “civitas”. Starting with the analysis of the urban fabric, they can explore the transformation of the city from the Roman time through the Middle Ages. Then, moving from the “urbs” to the “civitas”, they are able to explore the memory of its inhabitants, exploring topics such as epigraphy and commemoration, domestic spaces, identities, and legends. In the final part of the module, students have the chance to consider the activity of some institutions of the city, focusing on learning and law, and exploring the institutional significance of the Cathedral.

Module Overview

This module looks at some of the major developments of medieval northern European history – developments that are too often studied in isolation. Frequently divided into either the Age of Charlemagne and his successors, or the period which saw the emergence of an English Kingdom (and perhaps, people), or an era of violence and trade given its primary impulse by Viking activity, the period from 750 to 1000 is best understood in all its complexity by means of a comparative approach. The module’s comparative framework will also provide the opportunity to develop a crucial contextual knowledge for students looking to go on to PhD level. Equipped with this knowledge, students can realise that no single interpretative paradigm of the period can do justice to the plethora of social, political, economic and cultural changes that took root in the period in question.

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce students to some of the key issues posed by studying the history of emotions, particularly for the medieval period. This is a subject that has only recently attracted scholarly attention. A general introduction to the methodologies used in this field will be provided, focusing especially on how historians do or should approach texts that include emotions. Love, friendship, hatred and betrayal are some of the themes that will be discussed in the context of Western Europe and the Mediterranean between 1000 and 1400, a period when their meanings and values were sometimes astonishingly different from our modern conceptions. Primary sources consulted will include epistolary exchanges, philosophical and medical treaties, narrative and literary sources, ecclesiastical writings, as well as visual art and material culture, among others.

Module Overview

The English rebellion of 1258 to 1265 is usually given the adjective baronial: but the barons involved were not only the secular Lords. This module looks in particular at the bishops of Worcester, Chichester, Lincoln, London and Winchester in this period. In doing so it reveals the role of the thirteenth-century bishops within English Society and the important theological, philosophical and legal ideas of the day.

Module Overview

This module examines what the figure of the outlaw meant to the people of Britain in the Middle Ages, especially in the post-Conquest period, as well as how he was, and still is, connected to history and myth in literature. Students will consider the glorification of crime associated with outlaw narratives and the resistance of primarily clerical and state authority, as well as the underlying issues of friendship and loyalty that these narratives evoke. They will also examine other themes prevalent in outlaw legends, such as nature, human and animal relations, gender, religion, tricksters and trickery, class, warfare and weaponry. Finally, it assesses how outlawry and outlaw figures (especially Robin Hood) have been transmitted, as a type of ‘medievalism,’ to later periods and what the outlaw figure means in contemporary society. Overall, students will examine representations of outlaws in a range of genres, from chronicles, ballads, and dramatic texts to children’s literature, film, and television.

Module Overview

This module explores narratives concerning two central components of medieval communities’ self-perception and interactions with other communities: history and sanctity. Such narratives were for a long time dismissed by historians as inaccurate, biased, and of little scholarly value for any but scholars of literature. Recent decades, however, have seen fruitful research which considers the material through different lenses. This module allows students the chance to explore the contention that there is no better way of understanding any culture than analysing how it imagines itself to have come into being and to be.

Module Overview

Chronicles were without doubt the dominant form of historical writing throughout the medieval period. This research-based module is designed to introduce students to these neglected sources, to their origins in the historiographical thought-world of the ancient and early Christian worlds, and to the key chronicle writers of the early Middle Ages.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Most modules are assessed through written work, usually essays, projects, or critical commentaries. Palaeography and Latin are assessed by in-class exams. To obtain the MA, students must submit a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Most modules are assessed through written work, usually essays, projects, or critical commentaries. Palaeography and Latin are assessed by in-class exams. To obtain the MA, students must submit a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Features

The course makes use of visiting lecturers when possible. Students are invited to attend the University’s Annual Medieval Studies Lecture. In addition, in some years the School of History and Heritage’s Visiting Professor in Medieval History provides an annual seminar, lecture, or masterclass for graduate students in Medieval Studies. Other visiting lecturers, from the UK, Europe, and North America, have also previously given lectures and seminars for students.

The School benefits from its own Medieval Studies Research Group, where students can access support and engage with a wider scholarly and professional community. 

How to Apply

There are no formal interviews but students interested in taking the course will be invited to have an informal conversation with the programme leader, if this is possible, or to have a conversation via email.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to develop the critical understanding and extensive analytical skills that may be particularly beneficial to careers in the heritage sector, museums, and teaching. Some graduates go on to continue their study at doctoral level.

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Related Courses

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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