1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2

Course Overview


The MA in Medieval History is an exciting programme that brings together specialist Medievalists in the disciplines of history and literature

Key Features

The MA in Medieval Studies covers Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, and from the British Isles and France to Italy and the Holy Land.  Areas of particular expertise include gender, warfare, aristocratic culture and frontiers and borderlands.

Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the medieval heritage of South Wales and the surrounding region, through work with the West Glamorgan Record Office and the library of Hereford Cathedral and through contact with the organisations that are responsible for the preservation of Welsh historical sites, Cadw and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. 

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must take the following compulsory modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIMM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 1: Skills and Approaches
HIMM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Advanced Medieval Studies 2: Themes and Sources
Compuslory modules selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one of the following modules (note ML-M coded modules run in both teaching blocks)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M12ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Latin I
CL-M13ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Latin II
CL-M28Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Latin Texts 1
CL-M29Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin Texts 2
CL-M56ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Latin 1
CL-M57ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Intermediate Latin 2
CL-M58ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postgraduate Further Latin 1
CL-M59ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postgraduate Further Latin 2
CL-M78Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Saints and Sinners in Christian Late Antiquity
EN-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Queer Middle Ages: Bodies, Textuality and Objects
EN-M82Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Was Eve Framed? Theorising the Medieval Walled Garden
HIHM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debates and Approaches in Heritage and Public History
HI-M79Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Normans in Western Europe and the Mediterranean: Memory, identity and diaspora, c.900-1150.
HIMM00Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Medieval Manuscripts
HIMM06Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Directed Reading in Medieval Studies
MLFM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners French for Postgraduate Students
MLFM07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate French for Postgraduate Students
MLGM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners German for Postgraduate Students
MLGM07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate German for Postgraduate Students
ML-M10Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gender and Humour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
MLSM06Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Beginners Spanish for Postgraduate Students
MLSM07Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish for Postgraduate Students


The full-time course structure is split across the year with three modules taken in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer.

Students study three compulsory modules and three optional modules. The dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of the student's choosing.

Part-time study is available.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a first degree in Medieval Studies, History or Literature or a relevant discipline, normally a lower second (average 55 per cent) or above or equivalent.  Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5.

How To Apply

Applying Online is the quickest way to apply and receive a decision on your application. You can upload your documents via the online system which will enable us to make a faster decision on your application.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,600 £14,400
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,800
PGDip Full-time £4,400 £9,600
PGDip Part-time £2,200 £4,800
PGCert Full-time £2,200 £4,800
PGCert Part-time £2,200 £4,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the programme do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Student Quote

"Studying a Medieval Studies MA at Swansea has been a brilliant experience. The department here at Swansea are fantastic and are always willing to help and provide guidance, if necessary. The course itself gives a wide option of modules areas, which gives scope for individual research interests. The opportunities available to postgraduates at Swansea provide a full and diverse year, as well as aiding in the preparation for further study. I would personally recommend Swansea to anyone with a passion for medieval history or literature."

Chris Bovis


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