Medieval Britain & Europe

The MA Medieval Britain and Europe draws on our strengths in the field of British history from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation.  It has been established for many years, and attracts significant numbers of students from outside the UK.  It offers you the opportunity to investigate medieval British history in its wider European context and from a variety of thematic angles including political, cultural, economic, and social and religious history.  A programme of intensive Latin and palaeography training is integral to the scheme.

  • Key Facts
  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Employability
  • How to Apply

Key Facts


One year full-time, or up to three years for part-time study

Contact Time:

Approximately 6 hours a week in the first two semesters.  During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


The course is assessed through a diverse range of assignments, including the 15,000 word MA dissertation.   

Entry Requirements:

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase. 


Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.


Our Masters programme in Medieval Britain and Europe draws on the expertise of our team of medieval staff at the department, all of whom contribute to the MA from their own particular specialisms and interests.

In semester 1, you’ll follow a core module which discusses British society in context in the 12th–14th centuries.  This is followed in semester 2 by a range of options that address, for instance, the study of peasant societies, medieval London, Matthew Paris, and Gerald of Wales.

Alongside this study, you will benefit from specialist research training in Palaeography & Diplomatic, supported by tuition in Latin.

There are also classes to help you research and write your MA dissertation, an original research project (15,000 words) undertaken by you and written over the course of the year under the close supervision of a specialist within the Department.

All our lecturers are active researchers who publish their work, and you will benefit from being taught the latest historical theories and techniques. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

For more information on this scheme please see the Department of History and Welsh History website.

Our Staff

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (20 Credits) you must take the following

Semester 1

Research Methods And Professional Skills In History HYM0100

Semester 2

Research Methods And Professional Skills In History HYM0120

Year 1 Core (60 Credits) you must take the following

Semester 1

England In Context In The Long Thirteenth Century HYM2020

Latin For Postgraduate Study HYM2100

Medieval And Post -medieval Palaeography And Diplomatic ILM1800

Semester 2

Latin For Postgraduate Study HYM2120

Medieval And Post -medieval Palaeography And Diplomatic ILM1820

Year 1 Core (60 Credits) you must take the following

Semester 3

Dissertation 2 HYM1160

Year 1 Options you must take two modules from the following

Semester 1

Working With History HYM9900

Semester 2

History & Identity In The Age Of Magna Carta: The World Of Matthew Paris HYM2520

Medieval London, C. 1350 - 1550 HYM2720

Gerald Of Wales HYM2820

Working With History HYM9920


Many of our Masters graduates go on to PhD study and academic careers.  Others apply their skills in heritage administration, in tourism, museums and archives, or related branches of public administration, the civil service and local government, or go on to careers in related fields such as teaching, journalism or the broadcast media.

Work placements in collaboration with the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments in Wales, or another of the heritage agencies based in and around Aberystwyth, are available for course credit in some schemes (please contact us for further information).

How to Apply

Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line or off-line. Please see our How to Apply page for further information.

Departmental contact details 

Tel: (01970) 622841
Fax: (01970) 622676

Department of History and Welsh History
Hugh Owen Building
Penglais Campus
Aberystwyth University
SY23 3DY

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