Birkbeck has a lively research community around the field of medieval studies.
- Birkbeck Medieval Seminar: This group aims to offer a forum for debate, news and support to those involved in Birkbeck's interdisciplinary MA in Medieval Cultures and the MA in Medieval History as well as to research students at Birkbeck and beyond, and all those with an interest in the history and cultures of the Middle Ages.
- Anthony Bale, whose research interests are in histories and theories of antisemitism, late medieval English culture, John Lydgate, visual and intermedial artefacts, the history of the pre-expulsion English Jewish community and histories of the blood libel and ritual murder.
- Isabel Davis, whose research interests are focused on the literature and culture of the later Middle Ages. In particular she has published on issues surrounding gender, sexuality and the household. Her latest monograph, Writing Masculinity in the Later Middle Ages, looks at cultures of masculinity in a period of labour crisis.
- Alison Finlay: has taught at Birkbeck since 1977, in the areas of Old English, Old Icelandic, medieval literature and the history of the English language. Her research interests are primarily in Old Icelandic, though she is also interested in supervising research in Old English.
- Medieval Literature and Culture (MA)
- Literatures in English (Certificate of Higher Education)
- English and Humanities (MPhil/PhD)