Medieval History (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to July

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Between the heyday of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance (c. 200-1500), Europe, the Middle East and North Africa were transformed. The loss of Roman power in the west, the rise of Christianity and Islam, the changing shape of cities and the development of new technologies and economic systems are only some of the processes which you will have a chance to explore. Their impact was felt from Britain to India and China. This Master's degree in Medieval History will train you in the skills needed to explore societies which developed in this fascinating period and will give you the freedom to trace your own path through it. 

The programme will introduce you to a variety of topics, including religion and heresy, philosophy and political thought, the expansion of urban communities, power and kingship and travel and mobility. You will develop your ability to assess and analyse historical evidence, examining material and textual sources. Courses offered include analysis of guild records, manorial court rolls, literary sources such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Margery Kempe, maps and travel texts, coins and architectural remains. Breadth of interdisciplinary coverage and geographical scope, including seminars on Byzantium, the Indian Ocean, the Low Countries, Italy, France, Britain and Scandinavia, make the Birkbeck Medieval History MA a unique, challenging and exciting introduction to the Middle Ages.

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Course structure

You study one compulsory module and three option modules from a diverse range of topics. Supplementary courses - including in Latin and palaeography - will also be available.

Not all modules are available each year. 

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