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MPhil Medieval History

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
9 Months
 Start month
January

 Tuition fee

International
32030 GBP
National
20880 GBP
EU
21230 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Faculty of History
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
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About this course

The University, in existence for 800 years, has a wealth of medieval buildings and traditions, and a wide range of medieval manuscripts and printed books are held by the University’s many libraries. This rich history makes Cambridge an ideal place to study medieval history.

The MPhil in Medieval History forms an integral part of the teaching and research in the Cambridge History Faculty, which is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. The redesigned course for 2017-18 offers students intensive training in medieval concepts and methods and helps students to develop skills in Latin and Palaeography which they will use to research a key theme in medieval history.

The MPhil in Medieval History combines taught and research elements over a 9-month full-time programme. The taught elements include taught modules on research topics and skills training, training workshops and seminars, and all students will also complete a long piece of independent research (15,000 – 20,000 words).

Throughout the course the student will be supervised by a dedicated member of staff, who will guide research on the subject that he or she has chosen, leading to the completion of an original piece of historical research in the form of a dissertation. In addition, students will benefit from Cambridge’s vibrant research environment by participating in classes, workshops and other events, and by attending seminars given by guest speakers.

The course is designed for those who have completed degrees in which History is the main or at least a substantial component and who want to consolidate their knowledge of medieval history. It is particularly appropriate for those who may wish to continue on to a PhD, at Cambridge or elsewhere.  It is also well-suited to those who seek simply to explore medieval history at a deeper level. It is expected that this will be the normal means by which those without an appropriate Master’s degree from elsewhere will prepare for the PhD degree in medieval history at Cambridge.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. Academic requirements will vary from course to course, and you should check the individual course entry in the course directory for the course specific requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.
A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found in the International section of our website.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s or Department’s minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as: suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the ratio of available places.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Students on the MPhil in Medieval History will be provided with an in-depth study of some of the key areas of research in medieval history as well as the historiographical knowledge and the analytical and technical skills to support work in their field. All students will have a supervisor who will guide them through the requirements of the course and, most crucially, the dissertation.

In this manner, all students are provided with the historiographical knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand and evaluate existing research and to pursue research in their own fields of intellectual interest. Through individual supervisions and classes students are introduced to the more specialised and intensive nature of research required at a postgraduate level.

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • developed a deeper understanding of their chosen area of medieval history and the critical debates within it
  • a conceptual and technical understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies
  • the ability to situate their own research within current and past methodological and interpretative developments in the field.

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How to Apply

The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application via the Applicant Portal and paid the £50 application fee
  • you have uploaded the required supporting documents via the Applicant Self-Service
  • your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Before applying formally, students should contact individual PIs at the Metabolic Research Laboratories whose work interests them, to enlist their support for the application. Only applications supported by an MRL PI will be considered.  Applications are considered throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Offers made to places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

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